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State Seal Commission on Women
Press Release Date:  August 5, 2004
Contact:  Kentucky Commission on Women
500 Mero Street
Capital Plaza Tower, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY  40601
(502) 564-6643
(502) 564-2513
CONTACT:    Glenda R. Woods, Executive Director
  Kentucky was represented at the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) 35th annual convention held at the Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, California, July 14-18, 2004.  The convention brought together women’s commissions from across the country to focus on the theme, “Many Voices, Many Choices.”  Attending the convention to represent Kentucky was Glenda R. Woods, Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women who stated, “The annual NACW convention is an ideal opportunity to strengthen our coalitions, expand knowledge on issues impacting women, network with professional colleagues, and share programs that reflect the issues that impact women today.  We are also providing strong representation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Our participation demonstrates that Kentucky recognizes the important challenges that face women today and that we are strongly committed to addressing those changes.” 
In addition to meetings for association business, convention attendees had the opportunity to attend a variety of twenty-five workshops, including “Strategies for Building a Diverse Leadership Pipeline,” “Managing Challenging Elders,” “Accelerating the Pace of Women’s Progress as Policy Leaders,” “Emerging Social Trends on Aging Women, Women in Elected Office,” and “Better Choices for Children.”
Presenters represented a wide variety of organizations: The USC Gerontology Center, Victoria Ballesteros of the Children’s Defense Fund, Virginia Romero-Caron of the Wyoming Council of Women’s Issues and Dr. Letitia Wright. 
The Achievement Awards Luncheon on July 15 featured guest speaker Shinae Chun, Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, Washington, D.C.  Friday’s Empowerment Luncheon focused on women and finances, with Joline Godfrey, Founder and CEO of Independent Means, Inc., and Lisa Kueng presenting highlights from “Smart Women Finish Rich.”
NACW is headed by officers:  President Ruth Jackson of the Utah Governor’s Commission for Women and Families; Vice President, Agnes Roseboro of the Greensboro (NC) Commission on the Status of Women; Treasurer, Donna Kreiser, Esq. with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women; and Secretary, Bonnie Coffey, Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster (NE) Women’s Commission.
The National Association of Commissions for Women is a bipartisan membership organization composed of regional, state, county and local commissions created by government to improve the status of women.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.  Eleanor Roosevelt was the chair and Esther Peterson of the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, was vice-chair.  The Commission produced a report containing the recommendation that each state form a similar commission.  Today, there are approximately 270 state, county, and local commissions for women located in the United States and its territories.  Kentucky is the third oldest state commission in the nation.
These commissions are advocates for equality and justice for women, serving their communities in a variety of ways.  Some maintain shelters for abused women, others have tutorial programs for teens and adults, others testify before their legislators on issues that impact women and their families.  Each commission functions independently, but works with the NACW to provide national leadership and focus on their collective concerns.  Member Commissions for Women, through NACW, keep the needs of women at the forefront of laws, policies, practices, and promote the improvement of the status of women.
For information on the Kentucky Commission on Women, visit the KCW Web site:  or call (502) 564-6643.  To subscribe to the Kentuckywomen List listserv, send an email to


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