Fisher appointed to state commission for women

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Fisher appointed to state commission for women

August 26, 2009

Dr. Deena Fisher, Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Woodward dean, has been appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She will attend her first meeting as commissioner last Thursday at the capitol.

 Dr. Deena Fisher

Fisher was appointed in July by Gov. Brad Henry and has been an advisory board member for the last three years. This board acts in an advisory capacity to the Oklahoma Legislature.

“I am pleased to serve on the commission,” Fisher said. “I hope my presence furthers the advancement of women in this state, especially in northwest Oklahoma where I serve.”

Issues concerning women and children are the primary concerns for the commission. Three areas of concern are women’s leadership, women’s health and women who are incarcerated. Fisher said she hopes to further the knowledge for women’s advancement and provide solutions to health issues and other preventative measures to help the women of this state.

The commission currently is made up of 24 members from across the state.

Following the mission to help women in the state and as part of the Healthy Women Initiative, Northwestern-Woodward and the Woodward Regional Hospital will work together to provide a free bone density screening for women on Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m., in the commons area. A nutritionist from the hospital will provide calcium enriched foods for participants.

“Women’s health is an important issue that needs addressed,” Fisher said.

The Oklahoma Legislature created the commission in 1994 to act as an advisory entity on equity issues relating to gender bias; monitor legislation to determine whether it is discriminatory toward one gender or the other; act as a resource or clearinghouse for research on issues related to women and gender bias; report annually to the governor, president pro tempore of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives; and make recommendations concerning needed legislation or regulatory changes relating to equity and gender bias.