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.
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.
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.

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.
Meeting with Senator Patty Murray

The Women’s Commission met with Senator Patty Murray to talk about our work and share our concern about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Meeting with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
Director Michelle Gonzalez met with Maria Cantwell in Washington DC and talked about Women’s Commission priorities.

Director Michelle Gonzalez met with Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington DC and talked about Women’s Commission priorities.

Not all women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, and we are committed to including the stories of the women of color who also took up this cause. We wore white at our Spokane meeting to honor the suffragists.
The Women’s Commission is commemorating the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, woman’s suffrage. Not all women gained the right to vote in 1920, and we are committed to including the stories of the women of color who also took up this cause.
Top row: Regina Malveaux, Senator Lisa Wellman, Amii Barnard-Bahn, Rituja Indapure, Graciela Gomez-Cowger, Monica Holland, Jackie Boschok, Representative Debra Lekanoff. 
Front row: Marie Vela, Michelle Merriweather, Dawn Rains, Michelle Gonzalez, Representative Beth Doglio, Grace Huang.

Mission & Vision Statements

Mission: The Washington State Women’s Commission improves the life 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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