COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
-- Annual Report
July 1, 1999 – June 30, 2000
The Humboldt County Commission
on the Status of Women, authorized by County Ordinances 1178 and 757, was
created in March 1971 in response to state legislative statute. Humboldt County’s
Commission on the Status of Women was the second such group in California,
preceded only by Sacramento.
Commission advised the Board in matters concerning the status of women within
Humboldt County. It monitors basic and legitimate women’s concerns by working
for the elimination of such inequities in laws, practices or conditions as they
may adversely affect women and girls within the County. It recommends activities
and materials to public and private entities working to develop equitable
programs to meet the special needs of women and girls. It acts as a two-way
information agency for federal, state and local women’s groups and other
Status of Women Commissions. It helps promote awareness of women’s unique role
in traditional fields or otherwise, by planning special study groups, workshops,
conferences or events. It serves as an information center on the effect of
social attitudes and pressures on women that shape their roles in society.
The members and their terms of office are as
District 1: Nancy Nieboer
District 2: Mary Ann Murphy 06/30/2003
District 3: Cindy Schulz 06/30/2001
District 4: VACANT
District 5: Simone Taylor 06/30/2003
Diana Cooper 06/30/2001
Tera Prucha 06/30/2003
Sally Biggins 06/30/2001
Gina Jorgenson 06/30/2001
Julie Millard 06/30/2003
Members are appointed to four-year terms by the
Board of Supervisors, with one representing each of the five supervisorial
districts plus five at-large appointments.
The Commission is unfunded but
maintains a small account for donations. In September 1999 there was $41.25 in
the checking account and $75.00 in the savings account. In July 2000 there was
$142.12 total in the two accounts.
Duplication of the video series
"Women Work" and "Community Voices" was accomplished.
Distribution of the television shows went to the Eureka Library, Humboldt State
University, College of the Redwood’s Career Center, and the Women’s Resource
Center. They included:
The Challenge of Change
Women’s Health Care
Lesbian and Gay Resources
Building on Success
The Financial Challenge
Honoring Yurok Women
Children in Humboldt County
A goal setting retreat was held in August 1999.
Activities set for the upcoming months included: "Take Your Daughters to
Work Day;" "Y6B" (day of recognition for the earth’s population
reaching 6 Billion); "Women’s History Month;" "Knight
Initiative" (Proposition 22); participate in the Women’s Health Fair;
hold meeting in Southern part of the County; and continue doing outreach and
education on women’s issues, especially pay equity, corporate health care, and
Cal-Works. The Commission was successful with these goals.
Bylaws were updated and approved
unanimously on August 24, 1999. Copy filed with Clerk of the Board.
COMMISSION WAS ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR SENDING A LETTER
TO WAL-MART, URGING THEM TO CARRY EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION.
ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS
Commissioner Biggins attended the Association
of California Commissions for Women state meeting in Universal City,
California; August 1999.
Commissioner Prucha attended the Feminist Majority’s Expo 2000 for Women’s
Empowerment conference in Baltimore, Maryland; March 2000.
Commissioner Cooper attended the National Association of Commissions for Women
convention in San Francisco, California; July 2000.
Commissioner Jorgenson attended a science summer school at Vanderbilt
University; Summer 2000.
OUTREACH & COLLABORATION
participated in the "California Women’s Agenda" local
planning series in the Fall 1999. Our voice was added to the over 500 grassroots
organizations who are setting priorities and strategies for the Women’s Action
Agenda 2000. The goal was to connect global issues discussed at the 1995 Beijing
Conference with our local experiences. All input cumulated at the United Nations
Special Assembly on Women held in New York in June 2000.
Biggins wrote an article about the Commission for the Humboldt County Republican
Women’s group; Fall 1999.
Schulz and Prucha spoke about the Commission at the showing of "Not For
Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony"
at the Eureka Library in November 1999. The ensuing discussion was certainly
wide-ranging and interesting.
Prucha gave a presentation regarding the status of women in Humboldt County to
the Redwood Empire’s American Business Women Association in January 2000.
Cooper acted as Women’s History judge for Humboldt State University’s "Turning
Points in History" contest held in February 2000. She coordinated a
showing of the winners’ materials at the Eureka Library in March 2000.
Prucha and Schulz participated in a radio show on KHSU entitled "Through
the Eyes of Women," promoting the Commission, March 2000.
Schulz secured funding from the Humboldt Area Foundation to hold an
"Honoring Women" breakfast, with key note speaker Assemblywoman
Virginia Strom-Martin. This event was scheduled for March 2000 and was postponed
until further notice.
attended various domestic violence workshops, hate crime meetings, child abuse
council meetings, and forums on women’s health issues. The Commission held
their July meeting in Garberville. Several interested members of the public
County Commission on the Status of Women acted as the Lead Group for several
forums initiated by the Women’s Foundation of San Francisco. The Women’s
Foundation is focusing on women’s issues in the rural areas of California.
Terry Farmer spoke with the Commission in October 1999 regarding prosecution of
sexual assault cases, the term "beyond a reasonable doubt," and how
his office decides how and when to take up a case. Commissioners were especially
concerned about the "Reggae on the River" sexual assault case that
occurred in August 1999.
Violence Prevention Coordinator Sherry Johnson spoke with the Commission in
March 2000 about the third year of this program in Humboldt County. The ultimate
goal is to stop violence before it stops.
The number one
concern for Humboldt County women is HEALTH.