The purpose of the commission is to advise the council on the special needs and concerns of women of all ages, races, religions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and economic and social circumstances.
The Women’s Issues office works to empower women in the greater Pasadena area and the women City employees through the provision of information, resources and networking opportunities. The Women’s Issues office coordinates its efforts with the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women and local women’s organizations. The Women’s Issues Office provides local agencies with program coordination as needed and acts as a resource center. In addition the office provides workshops directly and in collaboration with other organizations on financial planning, fair housing, health, employment, domestic violence awareness, sexual harassment awareness, violence in relationships, assaults against women, pay equity, higher education, and entrepreneurship. The City Board of Directors established the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women on May 31, 1977. The Commission serves as an advisory body to City Council with ten members. Each member serves on a volunteer basis and is a City resident. Membership is limited to Pasadena residents who "possess knowledge or ability in areas having significant bearing on sex discrimination or possess leadership qualities in community activities affecting the general welfare of women in the City of Pasadena." The Commission is currently reviewing issues affecting women in the areas of education, health, leadership, prejudice and discrimination, legislation and women in the workplace. The Commission holds monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at various locations. Meetings are open to the public. For more information on Women's Issues, please call (626) 744-7304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org