Commission on the Status of Women

Commission on the Status of Women


To maximize parity for women and girls by supporting elimination of gender discriminatory services and practices.


The Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women was created in 1975 to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice against women in such areas as housing, employment, health services, childcare, education, transportation, credit, legal rights, and community services.

The commission consists of seventeen (17) members appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Each supervisor can nominate three members from their district. There is one seat available to a member of the County’s Human Relations Commission and one seat is available to the Alameda County Mayors' Conference.

Contact the COSW

You may contact the COSW by contacting Commission staff at the information below:

  • Kim Fogel
    Administrative Specialist II
    Alameda County Social Services Agency
    Office of Public Affairs and Community Relations
    (510) 645-9339

Commission on the Status of Women Calendar

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, all Commission meetings will be held virtually, and meeting participation will be made available to the public on this site. Public participation is welcome. Please see the meeting information below.

The Commission normally meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meeting schedule is subject to change.

The Commission welcomes you to its meetings and your interest is appreciated. Public comment is permitted after each item on the agenda. If you wish to speak on a matter on the agenda or during public input:

  • Instructions on joining a meeting by video conference are available at
  • If using a laptop: use the raise your hand button. When you are called to speak, please unmute your speaker.
  • If calling in: dial *9 to raise your hand to speak. When you are called to speak, the host will unmute you to enable you to speak. If you decide not speak, you may hang up and dial back into the meeting or simply notify the host you do not wish to speak when you are unmuted and asked to speak. When addressing the Commission, please give your name for the record before your presentation. If you wish to speak on a matter not on the agenda, please wait until the Chair calls for public input at the end of the Regular Calendar. NOTE: Only matters within the Commission’s jurisdiction may be addressed. Time limitations shall be at the discretion of the Chair.

Recurring event

Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

Second Wednesday of each month - 6:30pm - 8:15pm*


Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

Please note: the COSW meeting originally scheduled for December 14, 2022 is canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2023.

*Commission meeting schedules are subject to change. 

To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Commission on the Status of Women page.

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