Washington State Women's Commission Inaugural Meeting
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.
Outreach Event January 28, 2019
Large Crowd photo of the January 28th Outreach Event in the Temple of Justice

Director Michelle Gonzalez spoke at the first Women's Commission Outreach Event held in Olympia, at the Temple of Justice.

Co-Sponsors of the January Outreach Event
Co Sponsors of the Women's Commission Outreach Event
Stephanie Stocker (left) Chair of united way of Thurston County - Women United. Amal Joury (right) Chair of the Interagency Committee on State Employed Women. Justice Sheryl Gordon-McCloud and Judge Marilyn Paja (not shown), Co-Chairs of the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission.
Chairs of the Women's Commission and the Gender & Justice Commission
Chairs of the Washington State Women's Commission and the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission

(Left to Right) Justice Sheryl Gordon-McCloud, Graciela Gomez-Cowger, Michelle Merriweather, Judge Marilyn Paja.

Women's Commission Retreat March 23, 2019
Women's Commission members in the lobby of the Riveter.  "Built by Women, For Everyone." is in bold black lettering on the wall.
Women's History Month Panel Discussion
Women's History Month Panel Discussion. Facilitator Michelle Gonzalez with panelists Khalia Davis, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, and Maia Bellon.
The Women's Commission hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Campus titled When Women Lead: Confronting Barriers and Challenging the Status Quo.
(Left to Right) Michelle Gonzalez, Khalia Davis, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, and Maia Bellon. 
Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Day

Governor Jay Inslee declared May 5th, 2019 as WASHINGTON STATE MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S DAY. The Washington State Women's Commission members wore red to promote awareness and securing justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Bill signing of 2SHB 1713 with Governor Inslee.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls bill signing
The Women’s Commission supports 2SHB 1713, which Governor Inslee signed today, April 24, 2019.  This bill creates two liaison positions within Washington State Patrol to build relationships with Native American communities to improve the reporting and investigation of missing and murdered indigenous people. Thank you to Representative Gina Mosbrucker for her work on this bill.

Mission & Vision Statements

Mission: The Washington State Women’s Commission improves the lives of every woman by ensuring equitable opportunities and removing systemic barriers through engagement, advocacy, and public policy, while being inclusive of our diverse populations.

Vision: Every woman is healthy, safe, prosperous, and empowered to achieve their full potential.

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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