This Commission was created to study and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues pertaining to the status of women, including; discrimination, employment, education, day care, and health care.

View Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) Events

These recommendations are presented as comprehensive reports to the Board and distributed to the public and interested parties.

Membership

The membership of this board shall be appointed by the BOCC and shall be comprised of 15 members. Composition is as follows:

  • Hillsborough County Commissioners - one member each

The Board of Directors of the following organizations shall each provide a nomination to the BOCC:

  • The Tampa Bay Chamber
  • The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
  • League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
  • Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc.
  • Tampa Metro Section - National Council of Negro Women
  • University of South Florida
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hillsborough County Children's Board
  • The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Terms

Members shall serve staggered terms as follows:
  • BOCC Representatives
    • Shall serve for the term of the appointing commissioner. When a Commissioner is no longer in office, that commissioner's appointee shall continue to serve until such time as the new Commissioner reappoints that member or a new appointment is made to that position.
  • Members of the following organizations shall serve four year terms
    • The Tampa Bay Chamber
    • The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
    • The League of Women Voters
  • Members of the following organizations shall serve two year terms
    • The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
    • Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc.
    • Tampa Metro Section - National Council of Negro Women
    • University of South Florida
    • Hillsborough Community College

Authority

Board of County Commissioner's Resolution R-03-74; as amended by R-04-174; as amended by R07-059; and as amended by .

Meetings

At least ten times a year.
Typically held at County Center, 26th floor, Conf. rooms A & B.

Women's Hall of Fame

Each year the COSW selects nominees for induction into the Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame. Find out who the latest inductees are, as well as information on nominations, award luncheon, the history of the Hall of Fame and all past inductees.

Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame

Events
February 2024
Last Modified: 2/21/2024, 8:25:49 PM
Contact
Members
Ms. Rebecca Bacon
Children's Board of Hillsborough County
11/15/2023 - 12/7/2026 *
Ms. Nelcy Baltz
Commissioner Donna Cameron Cepeda
9/7/2023 - 11/30/2026
Ms. Angela Birdsong
Commissioner Pat Kemp
3/23/2021
Ms. Catalina Botero
Hispanic Professional Women's Association, Inc.
10/18/2023 - 6/30/2024
Ms. Marsha Brown
Commissioner Gwen Myers
1/30/2023
Ms. Dotti Groover-Skipper
Commissioner Ken Hagan
5/18/2005
Ms. Nicole DeLoach Hubbard
Commissioner Harry Cohen
1/22/2018
Ms. Mary Patricia King
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
4/7/2021 - 3/31/2025
Ms. Tatiana Lattanzio
The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women
4/7/2021 - 3/31/2025
Ms. Lee Lowry
Commissioner Joshua Wostal
7/18/2023 - 11/30/2026
Ms. Mindy Murphy
The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
6/27/2012 - 12/7/2026 *
Ms. Courtney Paat
Commissioner Michael Owen
12/20/2022
Dr. Idelia Phillips
The League of Women Voters
7/17/2019 - 7/30/2023 *
Ms. Lauren Valiente
Tampa Bay Chamber
2/16/2022 - 3/3/2025
Ms. Rosa Webster
National Council of Negro Women - Tampa Metro Section
9/7/2023 - 9/30/2027
Ms. India Witte
University of South Florida
8/6/2014 - 12/7/2026 *
Hillsborough Community College

* reappointed

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