Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

 Join the Commission on the Status of Women for it’s virtual open house! The virtual open house is being held in lieu of the traditional event to comply with social distancing. During the month of March, we’ll be showcasing how COSW came to be, the work and accomplishments of the last 26 years, and the people behind and at the front of these efforts. The virtual open house will include videos and posts on COSW’s Facebook page, live streaming information sessions via Teams and an invitation join us for our general body meeting on March 30th, also via Teams. 

Spotlight: Femme Forward: Celebrating Pride with a Femme Panel (Meg Hancock, Tamara Russell, & Katherine Stevenson)

The Commission on the Status of Women and the Employee Success Center launched a new series, Femme Forward- UofL Women’s Journeys.  Femme Forward highlights the personal journey of women in the Cardinal family.  Each session showcases the story of their personal and professional journey, while providing networking opportunities for attendees and reinforcing that each individual's pathway is different. You’ll have the opportunity to connect and learn with UofL colleagues from all careers and backgrounds, exchange ideas, and grow as an individual. Get more information and register here. 

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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