The records of the California Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) consist of fourteen cubic feet of textual, photographic,
and audiovisual records reflecting the Commission's research and recommendations specifically on women's issues within the
state. The records date from 1965-2010.
The California Advisory Commission on the Status of Women was established by Chapter 1378 (Statutes of 1965), for the purpose
of "developing recommendations which will enable women to make the maximum contribution to society." The recommendations
of this commission were due to the Governor by June 30, 1967. The 15 members of the Advisory Commission consisted of three
members of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, three members of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker,
the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chief of the Division of Industrial Relations, and seven public members appointed
by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. Chapter 854 (Statutes of 1967) extended the sunset date of the Commission
through June 1969. It also increased the membership to 17 commissioners, with the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker
each appointing one public member in addition to their existing appointments. Chapter 721 (Statutes of 1969) again extended
the sunset date of the Commission, this time through June 1971. The Advisory Commission (1965-1971) was authorized to conduct
hearings, appoint an Advisory Committee of public members from a variety of backgrounds, encourage the development of local
commissions of a similar nature, and perform research in the pursuit of their final recommendations.
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication
is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.