Commission on the Status of Women

If you have any questions concerning the Junior Commission on the Status of Women, please e-mail Theresa Cannon or call (201) 336-7425.


The Bergen County Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) was founded in 1975 and serves as a bridge between government and community, studying the needs of women and promoting the expansion of women’s rights in areas such as domestic violence, child care, and elder care. To offer young women the opportunity to become involved with these and other issues, the Junior Commission was established in 2000.

Each year all schools (public, private, and parochial) are invited to nominate young women from their junior class for consideration for appointment. This opportunity to serve on the Junior Commission has become a competitive and sought after prospect for young women. Former Junior Commissioners have reported that this one-year of service has become an important part of their college application.

During their term of office - September to June - they are charged with a community service project or researching a topic relevant to their peers. The Junior Commissioners also have the opportunity to participate in COSW activities during their year in office.