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Commission for Women Timeline of Accomplishments


  • 1981 - First Commission for Women appointed by President John Oswald Task Force on Status of Women formed
  • 1984 - Elected first chair of Commission for Women: Patricia Farrell
  • 1985 - Elected first African American chair of the Commission for Women: Cynthia King Strategic Study Group on the Status of Women formed first spring banquet The Center for Women Students is established
  • 1986 - Administrative Fellows Program initiated
  • 1988 - Strategic Study Group on the Status of Women submitted its final report Dual Career Assistance program implemented in Office of Human Resources Night Escort Service implemented in Police Services
  • 1989 - Vice Provost of Underrepresented Groups position created Director of Child Care Programs position created Day care center opened at Hershey Several “family friendly” policies were implemented such as flex time; family leave; family sick leave; stopping the tenure clock for childbirth, adoption, family illness
  • 1991 - Celebrated tenth anniversary
  • 1992 - Mentoring/internship program initiated at Penn State campuses “Building Coalition for the 21st Century” conference
  • 1994 - First Technical Service Workshop Added third Administrative Fellow Tenure-Track Faculty Study submitted to President Joab Thomas
  • 1995 - First Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award
  • 1996 - Sponsored first Take Our Daughters to Work Day Athletic Committee conducted study on athletic coaches’ salaries Study on women in Technical Service positions
  • 1997 - Faculty salary study conducted
  • 1998 - Commission for Women Web site launched Faculty Issues Committee conducted study of the status of women faculty
  • 1999 - Mentoring Program launched Student Issues Committee undertook a Student Pulse Survey Developed “Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Women Faculty” presentation
  • 2001 - Celebrated twentieth anniversary
  • 2002 - Faculty Issues Committee conducted a survey on climate issues that was sent system-wide to all tenured Faculty
    Technical Service Shadow Program launched
  • 2003 - Officially launched the project to create a book on the history of women at Penn State Student Issues Committee conducted a survey of all women students to ascertain information on campus climate
  • 2006 - Published We Are a Strong, Articulate Voice: A History of Women at Penn State by Carol Sonenklar
  • 2008 - Published Report on the Status of Women at Penn State: 2007–08, a brochure providing baseline statistics about women in full-time positions at Penn State –gender comparison focus
  • 2009 - Celebrated tenth anniversary of the Mentoring Program Launched personal safety and sexual assault awareness initiatives
  • 2010 - Published Work-Family Balance at Penn State Report HR 20 - Breast Feeding Support Policy created