COWL, the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly, welcomes you to join us. We are a bicameral, bipartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We are dedicated to advancing the interests of all Illinois women.

COWL Scholarships

COWL Scholarships are for women 25 years of age or older, who are Illinois residents, with plans to attend an accredited school in Illinois as an undergraduate student. COWL endeavors to support women of all income levels who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to continue their education. The annual program is open and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2023.

NEW Leadership

NEW Leadership Illinois is a nonpartisan, 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.

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Troop COWL

COWL sponsors the Girl Scouts as their little sister organization. "Troop COWL" was established as a resource for scout leaders and young scouts to consider the opportunities available in government service. To that end, women lawmakers serve on a panel during Girl Scout Day at the Capitol.

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