​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.



July 2021 marks the Centennial of women in Wiscon​sin gaining the right to hold any public office. By 1923, Wisconsin had elected its first woman mayor, county board supv.​, city council members and village trustees.

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A century ago, the 1921 Wisconsin  Equal Rights Act was the first of its kind in any U.S. state.

100 Yea​​​rs of ​

Women in Elected Office in Wisconsin​​

State & Local Government


   visit the Women's Council Channel on YouTube at

Press Release​, July 12, 2021 ​       

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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 currently postponed. Additional information will be provided as available. Follow this page for updates.​​​EO120 PrideFlag2021.pdf