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The Commission for Women serves as an advisory group to the President of the University on the status of women at Penn State, advocates for women's concerns, and recommends solutions.

Since 1981, the Commission for Women has identified areas of concern for the women employees and students of Penn State. It is a forum for exchanging ideas that can translate into improved practices to support women at Penn State.

Its membership represents every employment category: faculty, exempt and nonexempt staff, technical service and administrative, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The President appoints the members of the commission as an advisory group to recommend policies and programs to enhance the University's working and learning environments.

Specifically, the Commission for Women:

  • Assesses and reports on the status of women at Penn State;
  • Examines and makes recommendations about issues that affect women employees and students, including:

- workplace and classroom climate;
- recruitment, advancement, and retention;
- professional development and recognition;
- mentoring; maternity and child/elder-care policies;
- salary equity;
- personal safety and sexual assault awareness;
- intercollegiate athletics;

  • Collaborates with departments/organizations in support of gender-equity initiatives;
  • Recognizes and celebrates the contributions and achievements of women at Penn State.