The Pasco County Commissioners has approved an ordinance to establish a Commission on the Status of Women.
It also has approved a resolution naming 10 organizations that will participate in the 15-member commission.
Rosie Paulsen, president-elect of the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, described the commission’s creation as “a historic moment” during the public comment portion of the county commission’s Sept. 13 meeting.
Paulsen hopes the women’s commission will create a Pasco County Women’s Hall of Fame. “We need one here,” she said.
Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey noted a recent study showing that women still receive unequal pay for the same work done by men.
“So, get ready,” Starkey declared.
The range of topics is wide open, but similar women’s commissions have addressed equal pay for women, affordable housing, women’s health care, and human trafficking.
Starkey and attorney Michele Hintson began a conversation about establishing the commission about two years ago. Since then, several other women have joined in the discussion.
Nearly two decades ago, the Pasco County Commission approved a women’s commission, but there is little known about what happened after that.
The new ordinance and resolution are updates of those past efforts.
The Pasco County Commission’s five members each will appoint one member to the women’s commission.
The designated organizations also will nominate members that must then be approved by the county commissioners.
Each member will serve three-year terms, but can serve no more than eight years.
The following organizations will nominate commission members:
- African American Club of Pasco County Inc.
- Hispanic Professional Women’s Association Inc.
- Metropolitan Ministries
- Pasco Economic Development Council
- Pasco-Hernando State College
- Premier Community Healthcare Group Inc.
- Saint Leo University
- Sunrise of Pasco County Inc.
- United Way of Pasco County Inc.
- Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc.
Published September 21, 2016