El Paso Commission for Women

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PURPOSE:

The purpose of the El Paso Commission for Women is to pursue a positive course of action for achieving equal rights and responsibilities for women. In this regard, we commit to recognize, understand, and respect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the women in our community and to serve as a model for plurality and inclusiveness.

MEMBERSHIP:

The El Paso Commission for Women is composed of El Paso citizens who are willing to pursue equal rights and responsibilities for all women. Membership is open to any individual supportive of this purpose. Membership dues shall be collected on an annual basis and be valid for one year.

HISTORY:

In 1962, John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10980 establishing the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women to advise him on issues of concern to women. Subsequently, many state and cities formed similar commissions.

In the fall of 1984, two local representatives to the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women were charged with forming an extension of the state commission that would focus on the needs and activities of women in the El Paso area. These women met with many women’s groups and networked with numerous individuals to determine if sufficient interest existed to establish such an organization.

The response and enthusiasm were tremendous and a committee was formed to write the bylaws for such an organization.

The El Paso Commission for Women was formed and voted to be an independent organization and not operate under the auspices of city or county government on January 6, 1985.

Board Members

Board Members

Committed to the Cause

Chair Chair Jenny Giron Ph.D.
Vice Chair Picture Ms. Anna Howell Anna Howell
Treasurer Dr. Paula Mitchell
Secretary Marta Provenghi
Corresponding Secretary Triana Olivas
Ex Officio Lily Limón

Scholarship Application

El Paso Commission for Women 2018 logo2019 Scholarship Applications

The El Paso Commission for Women (EPCW) began awarding scholarships in 2003 to female high school graduates who reside in El Paso County. For 26 years, the Commission’s major goal has been to assist young women in continuing their education.

The purpose of the EPCW is to pursue a positive course of action to achieve equal rights and responsibilities for women. We commit to recognize, understand, and respect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the women in our community. We serve as a model organization for plurality and inclusiveness. Membership is open to any individual supportive of this purpose.

A minimum of three scholarships are awarded every year. One of the three scholarships was established to honor the work of former El Paso Commission for Women Chair Clara Duncan-Adams. This scholarship is presented to a young woman who has completed Pre-AP Calculus or Calculus.

2019 Scholarship Application

Vivian Rojas, Scholarship Chair
7130 North Loop, C-10
El Paso, TX 79915
vivianrojas2003@hotmail.com

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by the El Paso Commission for Women to honor those outstanding women for their long-term contributions. Each year women inducted into the Hall of Fame are recognized at a luncheon in April. 

Who is eligible? Any woman who has lived or is living in the county of El Paso and has made a significant and lasting impact in the community is eligible for the induction.

Categories

Arts

Creative or performing artists, authors or poets with recognition or women who have made a significant contribution to the arts in the community.

Business

Exceptional leader in the business sector having made an important and lasting contribution to the community.

Civic Leadership

Leaders in humanitarian causes, civic responsibilities or historic preservation who have made their mark in the community.

Education

Educators, administrators, or board members who have made a lasting contribution to the community.

Military

Leaders in the military community, causes, civic responsibilities, and cooperation with the larger El Paso community.

Professional

Outstanding accomplishments in a professional field having made an important impact on the community.

Public Service

Elected/ appointed officials who have made an impact on the community.

Science / Health Care

Leadership in specific projects, products and/or research notable both in their field and the community, as well.

Social Media / Technology / Public Relations

Remarkable contributions and/or accomplishments that have impacted the greater El Paso community through social media, technology, or public relations.

Sports / Athletics

Outstanding achievements or significant contributions in sports / athletics with a lasting affect on the community.

Volunteer

Exceptional contributions of uncompensated time and/or resources that have significantly influenced the quality of life in the community.