Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

“Dear Kitty, The Board of Trustees has approved my plan of action for implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on the Status of Women; One specific action I must take, in accordance with the Trustees’ instructions, is to set up a permanent Commission on the Status of Women. As I envision this Commission, it would report directly to the President and be the President’s chief policy advisor on the status of women at U of L.” -Donald Swain (UofL President, 1981-1995)

Spotlight: UofL's Trailblazing Women

The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting barriers to voting based on race or color.

Like the trailblazing women who fought for our right to vote, check out the 45 “Trailblazing” people who have directly made an impact on women and who are connected to the University.

Get to Know COSW

Welcome to the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) website. COSW (COH-swah) serves as the President’s chief policy advisory group for faculty and staff gender equity! As current Chair and Vice Chair, we invite you to review and explore how COSW positively influences the lives of women and families in their faculty and staff roles at the University of Louisville.

We look forward to continuing our work to improve the lives of women across the University.

Heather Fox,  COSW Chair
Michelle Rodems, COSW Vice Chair

In August of 1993, U of L’s President, Dr. Donald Swain, appointed the Task Force on the Status of Women to assess the status of women faculty and staff at the university and recommend changes to improve that status.

Learn more about COSW in our video.

Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award is presented to a member of the UofL community--broadly defined to include all of those, past and present, who have some affiliation with the University of Louisville -- whose work has directly furthered gender equity.

Njideka Harry,President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation, was awarded the 2019 Mary K. Bosteel Tachau Gender Equity Award

Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292


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