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Welcome to the County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women!

Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. Our commission is made up of a diverse group of energetic and committed women, who are active community members from each of the five supervisorial districts. The Commission for Women seeks to promote the well- being and equal status of women in Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to help women in need, collaborate with other agencies, facilitate, recognize and recommend programs, gather and disseminate information, conduct public meetings and advise the Board of Supervisors.

We would like to hear from you and you are welcome to attend our meetings! We meet monthly and our sessions are open to the public. Any group that would like to make a presentation to the Commission should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity office at (805) 568-2807 to be added to the agenda.

An important part of our work is to be a resource of information about services for women and children throughout Santa Barbara County. We distribute a resource card in both English and Spanish that includes key contact information. It can be found here:

And we encourage groups that work with women and girls to use our website as a centralized source of information. Submissions may be made by email:

The Commission for Women often has open positions. Should you be interested in serving as a commissioner, we invite you to consider applying to your local supervisor.

This year our initial focus will be Women in Leadership, Mental Health, and Women Veterans. In conjunction with these issues, we will participate in the Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down, work with the Mental Health Commission, and look forward to more opportunities to learn, lead and engage during the next twelve months.

It is our privilege to support the many people and organizations that are dedicated to honoring, supporting, and improving the lives of all women in Santa Barbara County.

Laura Burton Capps
Chair, 2014-2015