Women's Commission Est. March 15, 2018
“It is long overdue to have a commission dedicated to improving the lives of women in Washington. As we look ahead to the Centennial celebration of women gaining the right to vote in our state, the commission’s work is more important than ever. The commission will be a valuable resource and provide recommendations and advice to my office, the Legislature and state agencies on issues important to all women.” –Gov. Jay Inslee
Washington State Women's Commission
Governor and Trudi Inslee with Women's Commission
Back row, Commissioners: Monica Holland, Rituja Indapure, Tara Fairfield, Graciela Gomez Cowger, Michelle Merriweather, Grace Huang, Regina Malveaux, Jackie Boschok, (not pictured, Dawn Rains). Front: Rep. Mary Dye, Rep. Beth Doglio, Trudi Inslee, Governor Jay Inslee, Director Michelle Gonzalez, Senator Lisa Wellman, and Senator Ann Rivers.
Women's Commission Inaugural meeting
Commissioners engage in a Q&A with Governor Inslee
Commissioners discussed public policy interestswith Governor Inslee. Some issues they raised included: economic opportunities, sexual harassment and gender based violence, access to affordable childcare, pay inequality, and healthcare. Commissioners discussed the importance of addressing the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in public policy.
Women's Commission Inaugural meeting
Commissioners introduce themselves to Governor Inslee
The commissioners come from private, government, and non- profit organizations, and bring a breadth of experience. Legislator advisers who also attended: Representatives Mary Dye and Beth Doglio and Senators Lisa Wellman and Ann Rivers.
Women's Commission Inaugural meeting
Q&A with Governor Inslee
Governor and Trudi Inslee discussed affordable and accessible childcare, the apprenticeship model of career connected learning, and homelessness as priorities for the Women's Commission to consider.
Commissioners Malveaux & Cowger
Portrait of Commissioners Regina Malveaux and Graciela Gomez Cowger
Regina Malveaux, left, is the CEO of the YWCA in Spokane, which provides services for low income women and children, including survivors of domestic violence. Graciela Gomez Cowger is the CEO of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, one of the largest Pacific Northwest law firms serving a variety of businesses, from fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Mission Statement

The Women’s Commission works to improve the lives of all women in Washington through public policy, advocacy, and engagement, and will be inclusive of Washington’s diverse population.

Our Director

Marie Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez is the newly appointed director of the Washington State Women’s Commission. Michelle recently served as a special adviser to Governor Inslee, where she assisted in improving policies and practices related to immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Michelle was a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and taught Negotiation and Mediation and Policy Implementation and the Law. In addition, she was an assistant dean at UW’s School of Law. She previously practiced law for Schroeter, Goldmark... more

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