Women’s Policy Commission

Our Women’s Policy Commission organizes research and outreach activities that help the Institute develop national public policy initiatives that women can trust. To get involved, please apply for credentials here.

 

 

To review a full list of the collaboratives we offer, please see below. 

 

Research and Policy Collaboratives for Experts

Agriculture Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying agricultural issues and how those issues uniquely impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Some focus areas include Commodity Exchanges, Conservation and Forestry, Nutrition, Oversight, Farm Commodities, Biotechnology, Horticulture, Research, Livestock, and Foreign Agriculture. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Animal Welfare Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to animal welfare and how those issues uniquely impact the quality of life of women in the United States. This commission is particularly interested in Companion Animals, Equids, Food & Fiber Animals, Laboratory Animals, Euthanasia, Pain Treatments, and Veterinarians and Support Staff. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Civil Rights and Social Justice Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to civil rights and social justice and how those issues impact the quality of life of women in the United States. This commission is particularly interested in exploring the intersectionality of gender and Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Age, and Disability. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Criminal Justice Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to the U.S. Criminal Justice System and how systemic issues impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Some areas of focus include Corrections, Policing, Prosecutorial Conduct, Court Procedures, Reentry, and Recidivism. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Culture and Customs Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying U.S. culture and customs and how each impacts the quality of life of women in the United States. The commission is particularly interested in the Arts, Professional Sports, Entertainment, Social Networking, News Media, Fashion, and National Holidays. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Economic Opportunity Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to economic opportunity for women in the United States. Focus areas include Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, Capital Markets, Consumer Protection, and Financial Institutions. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Education Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying Education policy and how it impacts the quality of life of women in the United States. This commission is particularly interested in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, and Workforce Development and the role women play in educational institutions. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Elections Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to the U.S. Election process and how outcomes impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Some areas of focus include Campaign Finance, Vote Counting, Fraud, Registration, Polling Booths, and Ballot Initiatives. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Environmental Justice Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying Environmental Justice and its impact on the quality of life of women in the United States. Members are particularly interested in Clean Air, Nuclear Safety; Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, Waste Management, and Climate Change. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide.  Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Domestic Peacebuilding Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to domestic peacebuilding and how those issues impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Some areas of focus include Race Relations, Conflict Response, Institutional Reform, Trauma Recovery, Violence Prevention, Restorative Justice, and Family Reunification. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. 

 

Health Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying Health related issues and how they impact the quality of life of women in the United States. This commission is Maternal Health, Biomedical Research and Development, Health Information Technology, Patient Privacy, Cybersecurity, Public Health Insurance, Private Health Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Insurance, Food regulation, Drug regulation, Device Regulation, Cosmetics Regulation, Tobacco, Drug Abuse, Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Mental Health. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide.  Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Housing and Homelessness Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to Housing and Homelessness and how those issues impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Some areas of interest include Affordable Housing, Foreclosure Mitigation, Mortgage Servicing, Fair Housing, Senior Housing, Workforce Housing, Nursing Home Construction, Rural Housing Services, Native American Housing, Mental Health, Poverty, Criminality, and Substance Abuse. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. To get involved, please forward your resume and letter of interest to the Drake Institute of Research and Policy. All appointments are confirmed by the CEO. 

 

International Affairs Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to International Affairs and how women in the United States are impacted by foreign policy. This commission is particularly interested in Global Health, Global Human Rights, International Terrorism, Oversight and Investigations, Civilian Security, Trade, Transnational Crime, Democracy, Global Women’s Issues, and International Organizations. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide.  Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Judiciary Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to judicial proceedings and how those proceedings impact the quality of life of women in the United States.  This commission focuses on policies related to Antitrust, Border Security, Civil Justice, the Constitution, Copyrights, Criminal Law, Government Oversight, Immigration, Intellectual Property, National Security, Patents, and Trademarks. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Military Personnel Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to Military Personnel and Veterans and how those issues uniquely impact the quality of life of women in the United States. Focus areas include Disability Assistance, Memorial Affairs, Economic Opportunity, Health, Oversight and Investigations, and Technology Modernization.

Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Social Movements Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying Social Movements and how they impact the quality of life of women in the United States. In particular, members are concerned with understanding the way minority groups organize and mobilize to develop political and social power. The intersectionality of women’s issues with issues related to racial and ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and religious groups are explored through a public policy lens. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Threat Prevention and Security Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying issues related to Threat Prevention and Security and the impact they have on the quality of life of women in the United States. This commission is particularly interested in learning more about Emergency Management, Border Security, Infrastructure Protection, Transportation Security, Immigration, Budget & Appropriations, Chemical Facility Security, Cybersecurity, Counterterrorism, Election Security, Information Sharing & Intelligence, Port & Maritime Security, Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor activity around it by women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide.  Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Transportation Collaborative

This commission has been formed expressly for the purpose of studying Transportation and Infrastructure issues and how they impact the quality of life of women in the United States. In particular, members are concerned with issues related to Aviation, the Coast Guard and Maritime, Economic Development, Highways and Transit, Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. Members track and critique relevant legislation and monitor any related legislative activity or inactivity of women legislators on both sides of the aisle and at every level of government nationwide. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year. 

 

Research and Policy Collaboratives for Emerging Experts

Grassroots Intelligence Collaborative

This council has been formed expressly for the purpose of acquiring information from community based organizations and members of the public to help inform public policy that improves the quality of life of women in the United States. Members organize roundtable discussions, networking events, and issue forums to facilitate public discourse on areas of interest. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Grasstops Communications and Outreach Collaborative

This council has been formed expressly for the purpose of facilitating engagement with local elected officials and members of their staff to move initiatives forward that are sponsored by the Drake Institute of Research and Policy. Council members develop relationships with local media and press to help disseminate information published by the institute. Council members attend roundtable discussions, networking events, and issue forums to facilitate public discourse on areas of interest. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Research Support Collaborative

This council has been formed expressly for the purpose of providing additional research support to the institute. Members track current events, legal cases, and legislative activity or inactivity of women legislators representing their respective districts. This council develops position statements, press releases, and local initiatives in partnership with the Grassroots Intelligence Council. Members have demonstrated the qualifications and/or interest in moving this commission forward. Monthly meetings are held via phone or video conferencing. Events are scheduled throughout the year.

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