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The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) is made up of seven Governor-appointed commissioners. Like all statewide boards and commissions, the ICSW is balanced for gender and political affiliation.

According to Iowa Code 216A.54, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women has the following powers and duties:

  1. Study the opportunities for and changing needs of the women and girls of this state.
  2. Serve as liaison between the office and the public, sharing information and gathering constituency input.
  3. Recommend to the board the adoption of rules pursuant to chapter 17A as it deems necessary for the commission and office.
  4. Recommend legislative and executive action to the governor and general assembly.
  5. Establish advisory committees, work groups, or other coalitions as appropriate.

2016-2019 strategic plan: ICSW strategic plan

2017 Policy Priorities: 2017 ICSW Policy Recommendations

Committees

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Selection Committee

  • Sherill Whisenand, Chair of committee, commissioner
  • Rachelle Hunt Russian, commissioner
  • Beth Coonan, commissioner/vice-chair of Commission
  • Phyllis Peters, ex officio member of committee/chair of Commission
  • Emily Duong, public member
  • Sarah Bowman, public member

2017 Public Policy Committee

  • Phyllis Peters, chair of Commission
  • Tom Carnahan, commissioner
  • Sean Bagniewski, commissioner

If you would like more information on the ICSW or on the Office on the Status of Women within the Iowa Department of Human Rights, please e-mail us.

The Commission works closely with the Office on the Status of Women to achieve its goals.

Commissioners

Sherill Whisenand
Commissioner
Sean Bagniewski
Commissioner
Rachelle Hunt Russian
Commissioner
David Gudenkauf
Commissioner
Photo of Beth Coonan
Commission Vice-Chair
Commissioner
Photo of Phyllis Peters
Commission Chair

If you are interested in applying to serve on a state Board or Commission, please apply through the Office of the Governor.