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RG 017. Commission on Women

 Record Group
Identifier: RG 017
The Commission began in 1970 as a Permanent Advisory Commission on Women in Rhode Island. After 22 years as an advisory commission, in 1992 the General Assembly amended the General Laws of Rhode Island (Title 42, Chapter 119) to change its status to an agency of Rhode Island Government. The Rhode Island Commission on Women is a 26 member commission supported by a director and a corps of volunteers. Its mission is to advance women toward full equity. A non-partisan state agency, it works to promote rights and opportunities for all women across all arenas, including - but not limited to - education, health, economic development, employment, legal rights, political participation and the quality of individual and family life. The Commission carries out its responsibilities through standing and ad hoc committees, the membership consisting of appointed commissioners and numerous volunteers dedicated to the rights of women and girls. The major responsibilities of the Rhode Island Commission on Women is to advise and submit recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, gather and disseminate information to women and/or the general public on issues relating to women, develop and/or support programs and services for women, collaborate with concerned organizations, groups, and state departments on issues of common concerns, educate and encourage women to exercise the right to vote; encourage candidacy for public office and promote appointment of qualified women to boards, commissions, and government positions at all levels and evaluate, monitor, and propose federal and state legislation and advise legislators on issues relating to women.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

A Report on Power and Control: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Abuse, and Sexual Harassment

 Item — Folder 1 folder
Identifier: 1636-25
Scope and Contents A report meant to provide basic information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, to educate officials, policy makers, law enforcement and the community at large about the dangers that face women far too frequently.

Annual Report [of] Rhode Island Commission on Women

 Item — Folder 1 folder
Identifier: 1636-24
Scope and Contents Annual reports from various committees directly related to women, including: committee on women's health, committee on women's economic development, and the incarcerated women's committee.

Commission on Women administrative records

 Series — Box Boxes 1-14
Identifier: 2009-17
Scope and Contents The Rhode Island Commission on Women records consists of the administrative records created during the course of activities completed by the Rhode Island Commission on Women. Subjects covered include the annual Women of the Year awards, pay equity, discrimination, equal rights, welfare reform, domestic violence, child support and day care, sexual assault and reproductive choice.

Directory of Parenting Services

 Item — Folder Folder 38
Identifier: 1636-668

Overcoming Barriers to Getting a Job: A Fact Book on the Transition from Welfare to Economic Independence

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1636-158
Scope and Contents Overcoming Barriers to Getting a Job: A Fact Book on the Transition from Welfare to Economic Independence, prepared by the Education Committee of the Advisory Commission on Women for Members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and other policy makers.