What Does the Commission for Women Do?

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Board of Supervisors Presentation
of the 2015 Human Trafficking
Awareness Month Proclamation

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  • Forms a Student Advisory Group

    The Commission for Women selected nine outstanding Fairfax County high school students to form a Student Advisory Group to inform the Commission about the issues facing girls in Fairfax County. They are conducting a survey and will plan a public event based on the findings. The Student Advisors are:

    Aline Dolinh, Oakton High School
    Elza Thomas, Robinson High School
    Kristen Talman, Centreville High School
    Laura Sizemore, Lake Braddock High School (Chair)
    Moira Jones, Robinson High School
    Nikki Kothari, Thomas Jefferson High School
    Rachel Alexander, Thomas Jefferson High School
    Satvika Kumar, Thomas Jefferson High School
    Tatiana Le, Lee High School

  • Builds Partnerships to Prevent Human Trafficking

    The Fairfax County Commission for Women is working with JustAskVA.org to provide information to teens, parents and organizations about the dangers of teen sex trafficking in the county.

    The Fairfax County Commission for Women has partnered with the other women's commissions in the region to plan a conference on human trafficking, which will take place on September 27, 2015. This will be the first joint event by the four Northern Virginia commissions: the Fairfax County Commission for Women, the City of Fairfax Commission for Women, the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women and the Alexandria Commission for Women.

    In January 2015, the Commission for Women sponsored the first proclamation of Human Trafficking Awareness Month by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The proclamation was accepted by Kyra Beckman, founder of Spartans Against Human Trafficking at West Springfield High School.

  • Researches Affordable Housing Options for Victims of Domestic Violence

    In January, 2013, the Commission for Women completed and distributed to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors its white paper of recommendations to improve access to safe, affordable housing by survivors of domestic violence in Fairfax County. The report is the outcome of over two years of work by the Commission's Domestic Violence and Affordable Housing Committee, consisting of Commissioners Cathy Baum of Hunter Mill District, Lee Helfrich of Mason District, Emily McCoy of Lee District and Kari Warren of Mount Vernon District. Read the Domestic Violence and Affordable Housing White Paper.

    On October 1, 2012, the Commission for Women convened a dialogue of interested policy makers and community members to develop and prioritize recommendations in response to the increasing need for emergency and long-term housing for victims of domestic violence, which helped to inform the white paper.

  • Participates on the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention Policy Coordinating Council


  • Coordinates the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Project

    HopeLine from Verizon accepts wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any carrier for reuse and recycling. The phones are then refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way. Refurbished phones – complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service – are provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients.

    The Commission for Women collects no-longer-used cell phones and accessories at various locations around the county. In return for the collection, Verizon Wireless will provide a cash donation to Artemis House, the county’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.

    In both 2014, Verizon Wireless donated $10,000 to Artemis House. Please help the Commission for Women continue this important project by donating your used cell phones and accessories. Contact Michelle Mueller or 703-324-9498 for information.

    Hopeline phone donation drop boxes are available at the following locations:

    Cardinal Bank, 1900 Centennial Park Drive, Reston, VA
    Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. Room 316, Fairfax, VA
    Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 339, Fairfax, VA
    Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA
    Police Annex, 10600 Page Avenue, Fairfax, VA
    Shelter House Administrative Office, 12310 Pinecrest Road, Suite 304, Reston, VA
    Sully Government Center, 4900 Stonecraft Blvd., Chantilly, VA
    West Springfield Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA


In 2014, Verizon donated $10,000 to Artemis House
Domestic Violence Shelter because of the
Commission's collection of used cell phones
through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Project
  • Celebrates Women’s History Month (March)

    In 2015, Smithsonian National Museum of American History Curator Emeritus Edith P. Mayo accepted the Women's History Month proclamation from the Board of Supervisors.

    In 2014, the Commission honored women in Fairfax County law enforcement during Women's History Month.

    In 2013, the Board of Supervisors designated March as Women's History Month in honor of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professions.

    In 2012, the Commission sponsored a Women's History Month essay contest for public high school seniors on their "Personal Sheroes." The Board of Supervisors' Women's History Month Proclamation was received by the first place winner, Briana Neuberger of Chantilly High School.

  • Supports the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

    The Fairfax County Commission for Women is working with Fairfax County Channel 16 to produce two videos, one on the suffragist movement and one on the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

2014 Members of the Commission for Women
with Sheriff Stacey Kincaid

2013 Women's History Month proclamation
presented to Dr. Joy R. Hughes

top of page Reports and Publications

  • In January 2013, the Commission for Women produced a white paper of recommendations regarding the housing needs of domestic violence survivors for consideration by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Read the Domestic Violence and Affordable Housing White Paper.

  • The Commission also releases a report every two years detailing the work of the Commission for that time period. Read the 2011/2012 Biennial Report and the 2013/2014 Biennial Report.

  • The Commission conducts research on issues related to women and girls and promotes research findings and policy recommendations to the county’s Board of Supervisors through oral testimony and published reports. The following are a sample of the reports that the Commission has released since its inception in 1971:
    • Rape Law Reform: A Report on the Public Hearing (March 1976)
    • Quality and Equality: A Study of the Fairfax County Public School System
    • Battered Wives: Report of the Fairfax County Commission for Women (April 1977)
    • The Courts and Sexual Assault: Court Observer Program (March 1982)
    • Separation and Divorce Information
    • Report on Women and Diversity in Fairfax County Forum (April 2000)
    • Spanish Resource Guide for Women
    • Summer Tech Resource Guide for Girls
    • Women Business Owner’s Directory


top of page Historical Activities

  • Early in the Commission's history, the Commission helped establish:
  • The Commission is also a leader in creating many Fairfax County employment policies favorable to women and families. Related reports include:
    • Job Sharing Policies and Practices for Fairfax County Employees; Managing Work and Family: Bottom Line Issues for Fairfax County Employees (January 1994)
    • Gender Distribution on Fairfax County Boards, Authorities, and Commissions;
    • Breaking Barriers: Women's Achievement in Fairfax County Government (a report by the Glass Ceiling Task Force, July 1997)


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