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




Wisconsin's Gender Wage Gap for women working full-time year-round, compared to their male counterparts - unchanged from 2019. The Gap is larger for Wisconsin's women of color.



of the 3.3 Million Registered Nurses in the United States are women.



Women make up the overwhelming number of wor​kers
in healthcare and related occupations in Wisconsin



One out of six women in Wisconsin’s Civilian employed workforce is in a Healthcare or Healthcare-related occupation, compared to fewer than 1-in-25​ male workers. Overall, one out of 10 workers in Wisconsin’s Civilian employed workforce is in a healthcare or healthcare-related occupation.​


Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2018 1-yr estimates, Table S2401: Occupation by Sex for the Civilian Empoyed Population 16 Years and over, Wisconsin; US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2018 1-yr estimates​, Tables B24115 & B24116, Detailed Occupation for the Civilian Employed [Female/Male] Population 16 Years and over, United States​, 2018 1-yr estimates. [State data are not available in this format.]; and Occupational Classifications definitions, https://www.Bls.Gov/Soc


Wisconsin Women You Should Know About 

circuit court firsts timeline title larger type.jpgUpdate! In January 2020, Judge Maxine White became the first
African American woman to serve on the W​​isconsin Court of Appeals

Factsheets on women in state and local elected office in Wisconsin

State Legislature​ | Circuit Courts | County Boards |And More!​ ​​​


​19th Amendment Centennial 

​On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  The Amendment was enacted in August 1920.  Learn what Wisconsin is doing to celebrate the centennial, Learn more and find teacher and other educational resources, fun facts and local events, at:

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 currentlyu postponed. Additional information will be provided as available. Follow this page for updates.