The Women's Commission was formed in 1996 after a 1994 climate study suggested discontent from many of the women faculty and staff on campus. The study led to subsequent changes in salary structure.
The commission played a vital role in the hiring the Vice President for Planning and Equity, Pat Oldt, in 2000.
In 1999 a task force was formed to examine the viability of creating a women's center on campus. The Women's Center opened in 2001 and has been a collaborative partner of the Women's Commission since its inception.
In 2002 the Commission worked with the Women's Center in co-sponsoring the HerStory series which highlights women in leadership positions within the University. Since this time, over 40 women leaders from across the university have been highlighted.
In 2005, The commission partnered with Positive Black Women and the Women's Center to host monthly fireside chats.
In 2009 the commission celebrated the success of two of its subcommittee initiatives: the creation of flexible scheduling options and the creation of the career coaching position.