Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

The UofL COSW Cohort Report created by the Representation, Recruitment, and Retention Committee is now available.


Welcome to the University of Louisville's Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)! COSW (COH-swah) serves as the university 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/femmes/non-binary employees in their faculty and staff roles at UofL. Perhaps you will decide to become involved with this dynamic group to ensure that COSW’s work continues making positive changes at the university.

Dr. Michelle Rodems, COSW Chair (2022-2024)
Dr. Ginevra Courtade, COSW Vice Chair (2023-2024)


About COSW

In August of 1994, UofL’s then-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. COSW was created in 1995 to monitor UofL’s progress in eliminating gender-based inequities and to serve as his chief policy advisor on gender equity issues. Since its inception, COSW has been instrumental in advocating for numerous policy and procedural changes, which have positively affected University women/femmes/non-binary employees in their faculty and staff roles.

Learn more about COSW in our video.


COSW Commissioner Application
Close: April 12

Gender, Equity & Climate Justice Conference
April 18

27th Annual Transformation Tea for Women of Color and Their Allies
April 24, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Email to RSVP

12th Annual Pathways Women's Leadership Conference
May 16

Commission on the Status of Women (COSW)

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292