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Commission for Women

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) is both an advisory board and a department of the Montgomery County Government. The advisory board, comprised of 15 volunteer citizens from the community:

  • focuses primarily on identifying inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures, and recommending and promoting remedies
  • conducts research and investigations, analyzes economic, political, and social trends, and provides education on women's issues in the community
  • holds hearings and publishes informational materials
  • holds an annual legislative briefing in conjunction with many other women's organizations
  • sets priority projects annually

Womens Legislative Briefing Logo

2014 Program and Speakers

2014 Women's Legislative Briefing Report 

2014 WLB Co-Sponsors Networking Directory


Save the date!
35th Anniversary Women’s Legislative Briefing
Sunday, January 25, 2015


CFW Meetings

All meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. and are held at 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330, Large External Conference Room, but dates and time are subject to change. It is always a good idea to call to confirm the date and time before attending.

Future meetings:

April 10, 2014
May 8, 2014
June 12, 2014
July 10, 2014
August 14, 2014
October 9, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014

Meeting Minutes


The Commission for Women was established by an act of law in 1972 to advocate for equal rights for women.


Pictures and bios of current commissioners

Commission for Women’s 2014 Advocacy Policy Priorities:

  • Economic Empowerment for Women and Families
    Paid leave, workplace flexibility, health care, retirement and other benefits, minimum wage, child care
  • Health and Safety for Women and Girls
    Domestic Violence, human trafficking, women’s health disparities, wellness, risks facing teens
  • Unique Challenges Facing Women
    Senior women, immigrant women, single mothers, young women and girls
  • Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
    Educational, vocational and cultural challenges
  • Fairness in Family Law
    Legislative issues, access to information, representation and services

CFW Projects


National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW)


Counseling Services

The Montgomery County Commission for Women offers collaborative, solution-focused, short-term counseling services designed to help individuals effectively address challenging life transitions. Counseling is available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Commission for Women’s offices are located on the 3rd floor of the Rockville Memorial Library building at 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330 in Rockville, MD. 

Counseling services are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic, to individuals who are:

  • Montgomery County residents;
  • Adults 18 years and older;
  • Single with no dependent children and income of less than $50,000 per year; or
  • Single with dependent children and income less than $75,000 per year; or
  • Married with a combined income of less than $75,000 year.
  • Without access to insurance coverage for mental health counseling.

Counseling services address the following issues:

  • Family crises and difficult life transitions, including separation & divorce
  • Challenges balancing work and family
  • Managing self-esteem issues
  • Effective communication in the family or workplace
  • Problems in relationships
  • Financial literacy
  • Senior women’s issues

Please call 240-777-8300 to schedule an appointment. Counseling is available to those meeting the eligibility criteria, free of charge.


Winter and Spring 2014 Programs

The following seminars will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Rockville Memorial Library Building on 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 330, Rockville, MD  20850