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.
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.
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.
"Break the Ceiling"
Women's Commission Spokane Outreach Event July 29, 2019

Women's Commission Spokane Outreach Event July 29, 2019

Women's Commission with Governor Inslee October 15, 2019

Front Row: Marie Vela, Representative Mary Dye, Michelle Gonzalez, Governor Inslee, Michelle Merriweather, Dr. Tara Fairfield, Regina Malveaux, Monica Holland. Top Row: Jackie Boschok, Graciela Gomez Cowger, Rituja Indapure, Grace Huang.

Senate Law and Justice Committee September 20, 2019

Women's Commission Director, Michelle Gonzalez, and Legislator Advisor, Senator Lisa Wellman, presented on a panel for the Senate Law and Justice Committee regarding increasing women on corporate boards. 

Meeting with Governor Inslee October 15, 2019

Governor Inslee discussing the role men play in creating a positive culture for both men and women.

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

No front page content has been created yet.