Services & Programs

Scholarship Fund
COWL members have made available a scholarship fund to assist mature women who wish to continue their education.
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COWL sponsors the Girls Scouts as their sister organization.
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NEW Leadership Illinois
NEW Leadership Illinois is a non-partisan, week-long residential program for college women designed to increase women’s representation in all elements of public life, including elected office. NEW Leadership Illinois is a joint initiative of the  Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the  Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly . NEW Leadership Illinois has been developed in partnership with the  NEW Leadership Development Network  established by the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The network includes 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Recognition and Awards
COWL has been recognized by numerous organizations for its strong efforts to protect women, children and families.

Bi-annual Retreat
A key event, the retreat is a 2-day workshop of learning, interacting, sharing and growing.age



Building a Bright Future for Illinois Residents

Mission Statement

To work in a bipartisan fashion, through legislation and advocacy, to advance the interests of all Illinois women, through state, local and federal initiatives.