Women's Policy & Research Commission

The Women's Policy & Research Commission was created by a unanimous vote of the Ohio 118th Assembly in September 1990. Its general mandate is to "promote the advancement of women and remove barriers to women's equality." The Women's Policy & Research Center staffs the Commission. They publish a quarterly newsltter, "Ohio Women". The Center is located at 77 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43266-0920 and may be reached at (614) 466-5580 and (800) 282-3040.

Commissioners Staff Committees
September is Women's Health Month.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- Wear your ribbons!


Women's Leadership Institute
The Commission's first Ohio Women's Leadership Institute will be held November 12-14. The Istitute will focus on women's unique leadership styles and will consider strategies for utilizing and strengthening leadership skills. For more information on the conference, please call the Commission office at 800-282-3040.

Making a Difference Replication Day
More than fifty people attended Replication Day, an event featuring workshops presented by the 1998 Making a Difference Award winners. Representatives from Hard hatted Women, Languages Unlimited, Inc., and the Yellow Springs Women's Park Committee presented information on implementing their programs in other communities. The application and guidelines for the 1999 Making A Difference Awards competition will be available in September; all nonprofit, for-profit, and government agencies with programs promoting the advancement of women are welcome to apply.

Public Hearings
The Commission held its spring public hearing in St.Clairsville, Ohio. Women from St.Clairsville and surrounding areas testified before the Commission's panel to address the unmet needs of women in the area. In addition, the Commission held its first-ever town meeting with approximately twenty participants from the St.Clairsville area. The Commission will hold its next public hearing in the spring of 1999.

Women and the Law
Legal professionals, Commission members, and staff joined Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick to discuss the issue of gender fairness in the legal system. Members of the newly created Women's Legal Assistance Coalition formed three subcommittees: to revise the Gender Fairness task Force's women and the law text; to implement the findings of the Gender Fairness Task Force, led in 1995 by Justice Resnick; and to consider the development of legal clinics for women throughout the state.
The Commission's Women and the Law Committee has worked on issues of women's fair access to the legal system for several years. Now, the Commission plans to unite with Justice Resnick, Ohio lawyers, and other interested individuals to develop a text and a plan from the findings of the 1995 task force.

Commission members have decided to postpone future legislative updates until the 123rd General Assembly begins in 1999, as the legislature will not be in full session toward the end of the biennium. A full report of enacted legislation of special interest to women from the 122nd General Assembly will appear in the next issue of "Ohio Women".
The Commission plans to have two publications available in upcoming months: "What We Say -- The First Five Years", a public hearings summary; and a directory of "Programs That Make A Difference for Ohio's Women".

Office Move
The Commission office has moved from the Rhodes Tower to the Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 24th Floor, Columbus, OH 43266-0920. The office ohone and fax numbers have not changed.

Network News

Ohio Bureau of Employment Services -- Women's Division
On October 21, the Women's Division will host the Annual Ohio Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Franklin Park Conservatory, at noon. The Induction Ceremony and Awards will begin with a reception at the Statehouse at 5 p.m., followed by the formal ceremony in the Statehouse Atrium.
The 7th Annual Women Making History Essay Contest Awards will be presented on March 4. For more information, contact the WOmen's Division at (614) 466-4496.

Ohio Department of Health -- Women's Health Initiatives
The Office of Women's Health Initiatives released the latest Women's Health Data Book in August. In September, an Ohio-specific Osteoporosis Resource Guide will be available. For information on upcoming publications, please call (614) 644-1105.
Also, on October 29, the Ohio Women's Health Leadership Coalition will meet for a one day session. Please call (614) 644-1105 for more information.

Ohio Department of Health -- Women's Health Section
On September 28, AXIS and the American Cancer Society will cosponsor a workshop in Columbus with the ODH Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, funded by the Women's Health Month Program. The all-day workshop focuses on providing breast and cervical cancer early detection services to women with disabilities. For more information on Women's Health Month programs, contact the Women's Health Section, (614) 728-2707.

Ohio Dept of Development -- Women's Business Resource Program/SBDC
The Women's Business Resource Program/Small Business Development Center will publish "Profiles in Success: A Handbook for Business WOmen", in conjunction with "CEO Magazine". The third edition will be available as an insert in the October issue of "CEO Magazine" or by calling 800-848-1300, ext. 6-4945.
Also, the Women's Business Resource Program, SBDC, will host the 3rd Annual "Excellence in Entreprise" Awards luncheon in partnership with corporate sponsors. The luncheon will recognize the achievements of Ohio women business owners and will honor award winners on Septmber 30, 1998, at the Statehouse Atrium. To secure nomination forms and individual or corporate table registrations, contact 800-848-1300, ext. 6-4945.
Finally, the staff of the Women's Business Resource Program, SBDC, salutes Melody K. Borchers for many years of advocacy in promoting the interests of Ohio women business owners and wishes her success in her own business venture as she leaves the program.

9 to5, National Association of Working Women
The Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Milwaukee in October. For more information on the upcoming celebration, please call 800-522-0925.
ACTION OHIO Coaltion for Battered Women
The Coalition invites women and men in Ohio who have been working in the movement to end domestic violence to contribute stories and memorabilia to a research project, funded by the Ohio Department of Human Services. ACTION OHIO staff plans to research and develop an historical analysis of domestic violence shelters and programs throughout Ohio. For more information on the project, please call 888-622-9315, or (614) 221-1255.

Black Women's Political Action Committee
BWPAC will host its fifteenth anniversary celebration on October 17, 1998. The black tie event will be held in Mayfield Heights and features dinner and speakers. For more information, call (216) 291-1833.

Business Women's Network
The Network will host a national symposium on leadership into the next millenium in Washington, DC on October 14. For more information, call 800-48-WOMEN.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network
ODVN will cosponsor an all-day training with the Ohio Domestic Relations Judges Association on children witnesses to domestic violence, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown Columbus, on October 20th. For more information, call 800-934-9840 or (614) 784-0023. TDD users call (614) 784-0628.

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Last Update: 1 September 1998