COSW exists to promote gender equity at UofL for all women, femmes, and gender non-binary individuals.
COSW offers support so that every woman can achieve her goals. Diverse women at every table, every level, influencing every endeavor undertaken at UofL.
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.
Sherry Duffy, COSW Chair
Heather Fox, 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.
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.
Nancy Theriot, Ph.D., professor in Women's and Gender Studies, was awarded the 2018 Mary K. Bosteel Tachau Gender Equity Award