May 2021
The Commission's Report
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women advocates for the full participation of women in the total life of The United Methodist Church. We’re helping the church recognize every person – clergy and lay, women and men, adults and children - as full and equal parts of God’s human family. We believe that a fully engaged and empowered membership is vital to The United Methodist Church’s mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women Presents I AM Her Lunch and Learn June 3rd at 12 PM CST
GCSRW is taking last year’s I AM Her Women’s Leadership Summit and bringing you I AM Her Lunch and Learn! Bring your lunch and join this movement of women to be inspired, be empowered, and to be equipped to do the work both personally, professionally and within The United Methodist Church.

On June 3rd at 12 PM CST, we will be going through the article “Top 10 Successful Principles for Women” by Dr. Laurie Cowan. Dr. Larine Cowan has more than 35 years of experience in Human Resources and Community Engagement with the City of Champaign, IL and the University of Illinois. She also taught as an adjunct professor for women’s leadership development.

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GCSRW Joins Joint United Methodist Church Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
In the first net-zero commitment of its kind, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), along with other agencies of The United Methodist Church (UMC), today released a joint statement, “Our Climate Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions.” The collaborative, multi-institution statement pledges to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the organizations’ ministries, facilities, operations and investments by 2050. “Net-zero” describes the process by which human-caused greenhouse gas emissions can be balanced, or “netted out”, by removing emissions from the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, She Preached: Women's History Month 2021
For this year's Women's History Month celebration, we partnered with Archives and History to uplift some incredible women throughout history. General Secretary of Archives and History, Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff wrote "Nevertheless, She Preached" for GCSRW. In case you missed this article during March, make sure to read it to learn more about Janera Lee, a member of the African Episcopal Methodist Church, Susana Wesley, the mother of Methodism, Leontine T. Kelly, the first Black woman elected Bishop in The United Methodist Church, and more!

GCSRW Board Commit to Intersectionality and Inclusion
The board of directors of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) met virtually March 19th-20th, 2021. Together with staff, the board discussed how GCSRW can continue to center the important work of intersectionality and inclusion in all of their mandates.