Senator Robert "Bob" Deuell, M.D.
The Texas State Senate
District 2

For Immediate Release
April, 22 2004

***CAPITOL UPDATE***

Information On Governor's Commission for Women

The Governor's Commission for Women is an excellent source to contact to learn more about women's contributions to Texas and about women's issues. Established in 1967 by an Executive Order signed by Governor John Connally, the commission's goal is to improve the personal and professional status of women and to advocate programs that provide solutions to the problems faced by Texas women. The commission's current focus is domestic violence prevention and increasing immunization rates.

To that end, the commission launched two public relations campaigns. The campaign directed at decreasing domestic violence included distributing more than 20,000 bumper stickers in English and Spanish that provided a toll-free domestic violence hotline number.

Other campaign activities included a survey of law enforcement agencies to assess the prevalence of domestic violence and placing "No Excuse for Abuse" awareness posters on public transportation. The commission also collected 3,800 wireless phones, which were refurbished and distributed to domestic violence shelters for victims to use in emergency situations.

According to the Texas Department of Health, one out of every four Texas children is not current on immunizations. The commission has issued press releases, hosted media events and sponsored public service announcements to encourage parents to have their children immunized.

In addition to women's issues, the commission has sponsored the Texas Women's Hall of Fame's selection process since 1984. Hall of Fame inductees are honored for their professional and personal achievements in the areas of business, health, physical fitness and public service. Inductees include first ladies, teachers, athletes, artists and astronauts.

For the first time since it was established, the Hall of Fame has a permanent home. Biographies and photographs of the 114 inductees are on permanent display at Texas Women's University in Denton.

Inductees are chosen every two years. In 2002, one of the inductees was Karen Hughes, who served as Counselor to President George W. Bush before returning home to Austin in July 2002. A list of these remarkable women is available on the Hall of Fame Web site at http://www.twu.edu/twhf/ .

The governor appoints the 16 commissioners who serve two-year terms on the commission.

For information on how you or your organization may benefit from or be a part of the Governor's Commission for Women's projects, including the Texas Women's Hall of Fame selection process, you may log onto the Internet at www.governor.state.tx.us/women or call toll free (800) 839-5323.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0556 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711.  The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us.  The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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