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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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March 20, 2015

March Commission Meeting CANCELLED

The Commission meeting scheduled to take place on March 25, 2015, has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. We apologize for any inconveniences.


March 12, 2015

Job Opportunity: Workplace Policy and Legislative Analyst

The Department on the Status of Women is seeking applications for a Workplace Policy and Legislative Analyst (2998 Representative, Commission on the Status of Women).  Under direction of the Executive Director, the position implements and promotes programs of the Commission on the Status of Women; coordinates a variety of activities related to women’s rights, domestic violence prevention, gender based discrimination monitoring and related issues; and performs related duties as required.  This is a full-time Temporary Exempt position that is limited in duration of no more than two (2) years.  Applications are due Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:00 pm. Please visit to view the job announcement and complete an application. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Julie Chow, by telephone at (415) 557-4875, or by email at


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.


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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