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Council on the Economic Status of Women

Also known as:
Advisory Council on the Economic Status of Women
Active dates:1976-1983

Studies all matters relating the economic status of women in Minnesota, including credit, family support and inheritance laws relating to the economic security of homemakers, educational opportunities, career counseling, contribution of women to Minnesota's per capita and family income and state revenues, job and promotion opportunities, and laws and business practices that may be barriers to women's full participation in the economy.


The Council on the Economic Status of Women was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1976. In 1983, the group was reorganized as a joint legislative advisory commission and the name was changed to the Commission on the Economic Status of Women. In 2005, the group was renamed again to the Office on the Economic Status of Women and it was aligned under the Legislative Coordinating Commission.

The Council on the Economic Status of Women established a Task Force on Pay Equity in October 1981. The Task Force included representatives from the Department of Employee Relations and state employee unions as well as legislative committee chairs and members of the Council. Task Force members reviewed information about pay equity generally, and information about women as state employees under a newly-adopted job evaluation system.


The Speaker of the house appoints 5 house members, more than half of whom must be women (1977)

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Agency heads:

Director: Nina Rothchild (1976-1983)

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
History of legislative membership, 1976-2005, 2005.
History of public membership, 1976-1984, 1984.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1976-2010.
Record last updated: 03/08/2021

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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