The ASUW Women’s Commission was founded in 1969 in response to heated political activity on campus regarding gender issues. It was designed to attempt to meet the needs of women students on campus who felt discrimination, hostility and alienation. The commission remained active politically and socially and was followed by other student commissions in later years.
In 1993-4 the annual programming budget for the Women’s Commission was cut to a third of what it had been allocated in previous years. This began a three year battle with the Board of Control which the Women’s Commission lost in the spring of 1997 resulting in permanent disassembly. Thus begins the history of the Women’s Action Coalition. We have the same purpose as the original Women’s Commission, however our goals change each year to reflect student needs.
In 1999-2000 we regained our “commission” status and continue to meet the needs of students.