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Welcome to the County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women!

The Commission for Women seeks to promote well-being and equal status of women in Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to help women in need, collaborate with other agencies, facilitate, recognize and recommend programs, gather and disseminate information, conduct public meetings and advise the Board of Supervisors.

The County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women issues its first Report on Gender Representation on Commissions and Boards, recognizing that 39% of appointees are women. The full report with charts and more detailed information can be found here:

Our 2015-2016 initial focus will be Women in Leadership, CEDWA, and Women Veterans.

In conjunction with these issues, we will participate in the Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down, work with a CEWDA ordinance, identify and advocate issues impacting women homelessness, sexual violence, and food insecurity, while looking forward to more opportunities to learn, lead and engage during the next twelve months.

The commission will always inform the community and advise county supervisors on Women’s Public Policy issues, which educate, support, and inspire women leaders; apply a gender lens across the public policy spectrum; and conduct cutting edge, action oriented, and community-engaged public policy research.

We would like to hear from you and you are welcome to attend our meetings! We meet monthly and our sessions are open to the public. Any group that would like to make a presentation to the Commission should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at (805) 568-2807 to be added to the agenda.

An important part of our work is to be a resource of information about services for women and children throughout Santa Barbara County. We distribute a resource card in both English and Spanish that includes key contact information. It can be found here:

The Commission for Women often has open positions. Should you be interested in serving as a commissioner, we invite you to consider applying to your local supervisor.

It is our privilege to support the many people and organizations that are dedicated to honoring, supporting, and improving the lives of all women in Santa Barbara County.

Tracy Beard
Chair, 2015-2016

Women in Leadership Report
• A Countywide Snapshot of Gender Representation on Appointed Boards and Commissions