San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

A Message from Commission President Debbie Mesloh

Commission President Debbie Mesloh headshot

The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to a broad range of issues affecting women and girls, including violence prevention, gender equality in the workplace, financial empowerment and equal representation on public decision-making bodies. As one of the strongest women's commissions in the country, we have led the way on innovative policies that reduce the incidence of violence against women in our neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for women and girls. Please join us at one of our future meetings, which are open to the public. We want to hear from you!




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Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1976. Its purpose is to raise awareness and funding for activities and initiatives that support the mission of the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) and are not funded by the City. Visit the Friends' website.


The Commission on the Status of Women 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. The Commission was established by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1975 after years of advocacy on the part of the San Francisco women's community. In 1994, the voters of San Francisco approved Proposition E, which created a permanent City Department on the Status of Women to carry out the policies of the Commission.


The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women promotes equitable treatment and fosters the advancement of women and girls throughout San Francisco through policies, legislation, and programs, both within City and County government and in the private sector, that focus on populations in need.


The Commission uses a human rights framework to guide its policies and programs. In general, programs include workplace equality, equality in City budgets and programs, promoting women in leadership roles, ending violence against women, and women's health needs. Visit the Department on the Status of Women website for details about the Commission's programs.


The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms. Commissioners meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except November and December, when meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday.  See the Commission Meeting Schedule for details.


The Commission celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and to commemorate it we produced a video short.
Watch it and learn about our rich history. Commission on the Status of Women 40th Anniversary Video