Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

Sacramento County is poised to launch its new Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

What started as a grassroots effort several years ago is officially kicking off its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, November 9. The session will be held virtually at 6:00 p.m. and will welcome the 15 new commission members and celebrate the hard work that went into launching this new, groundbreaking commission.

Information to join the meeting via Zoom can be found here:

Meeting ID: 898 4752 3339

Passcode: 172612

To join by phone, call: 1-669-900-6833

The inaugural Sacramento County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will join a historic line of women’s commissions throughout California and the United States. The mission of the Commission will be to advise the Board of Supervisors and the public to ensure that all women and girls will experience fairness and equity in housing, health care, education, safety and economic opportunity. The Commission will work to ensure greater understanding, accountability and integrated planning of services and programs for women and girls in Sacramento County, with particular emphasis on the economically disadvantaged.

Discussion will include a presentation by the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Establishment of a Sacramento County Women’s Commission about their findings and recommendations for the Commission’s work and engagement on behalf of women and girls, including response to the disproportional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and an overview of next steps for the commission.

The Blue Ribbon Commission was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna and approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2019 to research and provide recommendations as to the merit and utility of a women and girls advisory commission in Sacramento County. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to establish the new commission for women and girls following the Blue Ribbon Commission report to the Board of Supervisors in December 2020.