Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education

The Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education's mission is to recommend policies, strategies and programs that address gender-based barriers and encourage equal participation of students and workers in education, training, and employment.  Research reports on relevant topics and industry sectors are often completed by the Council, as well as an annual conference on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Gender Parity Task Force was first established by the SETC in 1993, and the council was permanently established through legislation in 1999.   The Council is legislated to consist of 17 members: six members are appointed by the SETC and six members are appointed by the Division on Women, with not more than half of these members shall be of the same political party.  In addition, five members serve ex-officio and are appointed by the Commissioners of Community Affairs, Education, Human Services, Labor and Workforce Development and the Secretary of Higher Education.  Dianne Mills McKay is chair of the council.