2009-2010 Women's Commission for Oakland County


2011-2012 Women's Advisory Commission now in formation.

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2012 Women's Advisory Commission Meeting Dates

2012 Women's Advisory Commission Members

2012 Women's Advisory Commission Brochure

The Women's Commission for Oakland County was established in December 2007, to survey the status and needs of women in our community.  In January 2009, the WCOC was reauthorized for a two year period.  The 2010-2011 Commission then reviewed the accomplishments of the past two years and set priorities and goals for the coming year.  All meetings were open to the public, and public comment is welcomed. 

In 2011, the Women's Commission for Oakland County was succeeded by the Women's Advisory Commission. 

/podcast/assets/images/icon.gif PODCAST  Commissioners Christine Long and Marcia Gershenson why the Women's Commission was formed, and its mission


Minutes from the Meeting of 2-16-2012 (2nd draft)

Minutes from the Meeting of 4-19-2012 (draft)

Minutes from the Executive Committee Meeting April 19, 2012 (draft)



Women's Advisory Commission Resource Fair, June 22, 2012 

     The Women's Advisory Commission for Oakland County is sponsoring a Resource Fair, free to all.  The purpose of the fair is to provide information and resources for providers of various services in Oakland County.  The fair runs from 3-6pm in the Conference Center in the Executive Office Building,
Building #41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford (just off Telegraph).

Participating agencies include:

Community Housing Network
Oakland County Treasurer
Miracles for Moms and Babies
Southeast Oakland & Troy Coalition
Oakland County Health Department


When the Women's Commission for Oakland County began its work in 2008, members agreed they would study and assess four areas of concern to women, and report their findings.  The four issues of concern were:


Safety/Violence against Women

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The mission of the Issue Committee was to study violence in the homes, schools, streets, and facilities such as nursing homes. 

Since violence is a learned behavior and the cycle of violence can start in the home, the members chose the issue of Domestic Violence with the goal to promote education, investigation, enforcement, and elimination of violence. 

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Committee (HWC) focused  on mental health parity, recommending support by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for a Resolution to support parity legislation.  The HWC will continue to focus on parity as well as other health issues facing women in Oakland County.  Click for the resolution.


The Leadership Committee was involved in finding ways for women to better assert their leadership abilities and to explore ways to increase the number of leadership opportunities for women in Oakland County.

One of the programs promoted by the WCOC is the White House Project, a non-partisan effort to get more women involved in politics.  Visit their website by clicking here.

Economic Autonomy

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The Economic Autonomy Committee worked with the United Way to promote the use of  the new 211 service. 

The 211 service provides assistance to help callers find information about a wide variety of problems.  Need help finding help?  Click on 211 to get answers. 


Women Entrepreneurs:  Like some assistance getting your enterprise up and running?
CLICK HERE for a list of services and people ready and eager to help you get started.

To contact the Women's Advisory Commission, email Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, at gershensonm@oakgov.com, or call 248-808-1032; or, contact Commissioner Christine Long, at longc@oakgov.com, or call 248-366-2666.