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Executive Director

Emily M. Murase, PhD

Executive DirectorWelcome to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women! In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In the intervening years, the Department has used the CEDAW human rights framework to guide our work and we have developed a number of innovative programs and tools to advance women's human rights. We have conducted gender analysis of City Departments as well as City Commissions and Boards to identify areas of gender inequality and make recommendations. Our flagship grants program, the Violence Against Women Intervention & Prevention Program, funds 24 community-based agencies to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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February 25, 2015

Equal Pay Advisory Board Appointments Approved

On December 17, Mayor Lee signed the Equal Pay Ordinance. As part of this Ordinance, an Equal Pay Advisory Board will be convened to work out the details of the requirement that City contractors and subcontractors with 20 or more employees submit an annual Equal Pay Report.

Of the 7 members of the Advisory Board, the Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for appointing seat 6 and 7:

6. A person who has worked in quantitative gender analysis, including statistics.

7. A person employed by a nonprofit organization that contracts with the City.

On February 25, 2015, the Commission on the Status of Women unanimously approved the appointments of Anu Menon, former Associate Director of the Department on the Status of Women, for Seat 6, and Margi English, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, for Seat 7.

Click here for more information on the Equal Pay Advisory Board.

Annual Women's History Month Celebration - March 3, 2015

"Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”

Members of the Board of Supervisors, District Attorney George Gascón, and the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women will honor women who have made a difference in San Francisco.  Please join us at the awards ceremony for the Annual Women’s History Month Celebration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3:30 pm, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, City Hall. We will follow with a 5:30 pm reception hosted by the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in the Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall, Room 201. Please see event details below for additional information and attached flyer for a list of honorees.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015  
3:30 pm - Public Ceremony for Women's History Month Honorees
Board of Supervisors Legislative Chambers

City Hall , 2nd Floor

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

5:30 pm - Reception

Mayor’s Conference Room

City Hall, Room 201

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
We hope you can joins us and celebrate these amazing women and their achievements!


Our Work

Our Work

The Department primarily focuses on 4 program areas: Women's Human Rights, Violence Against Women, Women in the Workplace, and Girls.

Equality in the Workplace

Equality in the Workplace

Find important information on Gender Equality Principles Initiative, Resources for Women in Work, Work-Life Balance and more.

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About the Commission

The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city.

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