The Women's Council is Wisconsin's statutory commission on the status of women and girls.

Next meeting of the Women's Council

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
11:30AM * State Capitol, Room 328NW




Congratulations! to the 2016 Governor's Trailblazer Award Recipients (by county)  

New Award Launched for 2016!


Joan Collins Publicity, Inc., Joan Collins - Madison


Dane County


Pioneer Award – The Creative Company, Inc., Laura Gallagher, President & CEO – Madison


Torchbearer Award – Lichtfeld Plumbing, Inc., Melanie Lichtfeld – Madison


Pioneer Award – Nan M. Zimdars, Inc., Nan Zimdars – Madison


Pioneer Award – Silver Leaf Interiors, Inc., Laura Groenier, President – Madison


Fond du Lac County

Torchbearer Award – Schlaefer Optometrists, Ann Schlaefer, Optometrist – Campbellsport


Kenosha County

Pioneer Award – Target Corporation, Carol Oxley, President – Pleasant Prairie


Milwaukee County

Special Recognition – Armstrong General Contracting, LLC, Loriana Armstrong, President – Milwaukee


Special Recognition – belabela, Bela Roongta – Milwaukee


Torchbearer Award – Coakley Brothers Company, Peggy Coakley, President & CEO – Milwaukee


Pioneer Award – Wauwatosa Day Care & Learning Centers, Inc., Rosemary Krause & Janey Brandt – Wauwatosa


Sauk County

Torchbearer Award – Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc., Lise Meyer Kobussen, President – Sauk City


Sawyer County

Torchbearer Award – Treeland Resorts, Cheryl Treland – Hayward


Waukesha County

Special Recognition – Milton Law Offices, Latrice Milton – Brookfield


Wood County

Torchbearer Award – Glacial Lake Cranberries, Inc., Mary Brazeau Brown, President – Wisconsin Rapids

Press Release  (4/7/16)

Trailblazer Homepage



Shining a Spotlight on Transparency in Local Government

ConnectWI recognizes Wisconsin local governments that provide easy access to information on public officials and public meetings through their official websites. Is your local government Connected? (click here)   Apply online.

Press Release:  Sunshine Week 2016 and ConnectWI: Shining a Spotlight on Transparency in Local Government  (March 14, 2016)


Report:  Moving Forward:  Women and Local Elected Office in Wisconsin 

Wisconsin Supreme Court 

Learn More

Moving Forward, 2015
an analysis of women in state and local elected office in Wisconsin and 10-year trends







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National Human Trafficking Hotline  

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REGISTER Your Community Service Agency for the National Hotline Referral Directory

Does your organization provide services that could benefit trafficking victims? Consider registering on the Human Trafficking Hotline Resource Directory.   For more information and inclusion criteria, review the National Human Trafficking Referral Directory Guidelines.

If you have questions about the directory, information is available on the Wisconsin Department of Justice Human Trafficking website.


FIND Wisconsin Information and Resources

Wisconsin Department of Justice Human Trafficking website

Wisconsin Department of Children & Families Human Trafficking website

Wisconsin Human Trafficking Task Force website

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 With a broad mandate, the agency's program agenda is set by a 15-member Women's Council appointed by the Governor and Legislative Leaders. The 2015-2016 agenda is focused on:


Human Trafficking
the Council is undertaking this new priority work for 2015-2016

Ongoing programs include

Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
& Women in Manufacturing

Women's Business Ownership
programs, resources and best practices 

Financial Literacy for Women
programs, resources and best practices 

Status of Women

For more information on the board, mission and history of the Council, see About Us.

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