The new Washington State Women’s Commission met on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues of focus, including sexual harassment, economic opportunity, and gender based violence.

Under the direction of Michelle Gonzales, the commission was formed through legislation earlier this year to focus efforts on improving the wellbeing of women in Washington state.

“I feel extremely fortunate to work with such talented group of women who are passionate about addressing issues that impact women’s lives every day,” said Sen. Lisa Wellman, one of four legislators appointed to the commission.

The Commission will focus its work on issues such as domestic violence, child care, child support, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, equal compensation and job pathways opportunities in employment, and the specific needs of women of color.