The New York City Commission on Women’s Issues focuses on matters affecting the lives of New York City women in an effort to connect them with organizations and institutions, including public and private sectors, that provide family, health, and economic services..
The Chair, Anne Sutherland Fuchs, was the first female publisher of a major U.S. magazine, Woman’s Day and also the first female publisher of Vogue magazine. Before being elected as the Executive Director, Brianna Collins spearheaded work to increase the awareness of the commission with the campaign “New York Loves Women” while she worked as deputy director.
The commission consists of no less than thirty commissioners appointed by the mayor. Commissioners include Katie Couric, CBS news anchor and editor, Ellen Levine, the Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, and Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work. The commission consists of very influential women in the New York City Area who serve for three years without compensation.
The Commission on Women’s issues offers many public programs available to women in the New York City area. These include small business seminars and classes to help women change their business ideas into realities. It also commonly offers educational health workshops with screenings, relaxation techniques, financial counseling and coaching, and nutrition seminars. The Commission supported research and programs are funded through its not-for-profit corporation, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Along with public events the NYC women’s issues website offers the NYC women’s resource network. Established in May of this year, the network offers access to over 1,000 non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, accessible via keyword, category, and borough, that support women and families in the NYC area.
The commission also works closely with public and private sectors to support women’s initiatives. “Since 2002, the number of private sector companies that have supported Commission efforts to advance women has more than quadrupled.” writes Chair Fuchs in her official message “These companies demonstrate a commitment and understanding that an investment in the women of this City is an investment in the City’s future.”
In 2005, mayor Bloomberg signed local law 129 which made city agencies aim to buy more goods and services form certified minority-owned and women-owned businesses. “The Commissions dedicated team…has supported programs that remove barriers to women’s full participation in all areas of their personal and work lives since the beginning of my administration.” wrote mayor Blooomberg in his official message, “I look forward to continuing our work to unite everyone in the goal to empower women at all levels. Together we will ensure that women’s voices are heard.”