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​​​​The Women's Council promotes initiatives to empower women, serves as a clearinghouse for information on programs and resources, conducts research on the status of women, and engages in unique partnerships to address barriers and inequalities affecting Wisconsin women. The Women's Council is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Governor and Legislative leaders.




Women & Caregiving


66%
Women are the majority of family caregivers to spouses, parents, friends, neighbors, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other loved adults. Learn more


Pay Equity Day 4/2;/19


FAST FACTS



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Wage Gap. The average earned by women in racial & ethnic minority groups, compared to every dollar earned by men. Learn more

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On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.


"Now more than ever, it's important that we celebrate and elevate women and their contributions to our communities and our state while also acknowledging the important work we still have yet to do for equity, equality, and the inclusion of women across our state,"  said Gov. Tony Evers.

The all-female committee includes all the women in elected state office across the political spectrum, representatives from women's organization, including the Women's Council, members of the tribal coimmunity, former Lieutenant Governors Rebecca Kleefisch, Barbara Lawton and others (see the EO linked above for a complete list). 

There are so many amazing women that are going to be a part of this committee; I’m just so honored. I’m so fortunate to be able to work with them. We’re lucky to be surrounded by such exceptional leaders who have been trailblazers right here in Wisconsin," said First Lady Kathy Evers.​​​


Program Spotlight


TB Logo generic sm.jpg  Wisconsin's Governor's Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business

The Governor’s Trailblazer Awards celebrate women's long history of entrepreneurship and deep roots in Wisconsin's broader business community.  The Awards recognize the success of women business owners whose work has carved a path for women business owners today.  

Since 2007, more than 80 women, across 32 Wisconsin counties, have been recognized with a Governor's Trailblazer Award for Women in Business. These Trailblazers come from across Wisconsin, representing businesses large and small and a wide range of industries.  

Awards are offered biennially. Click here for more information on award categories and how to nominate a Trailblazer. The next award program will be offered in Spring 2020, with nominations accepted started in Fall 2019.  Follow this page for updates.