The establishment of this commission is a historic step to ensure that UAB is an inclusive university. It brings women faculty, staff and students together in a forum to advocate and examine the progress of the university's commitment to securing equitable opportunities and rewards for its employees.

The commission holds regular meetings and advises the president on issues, policies and practices that affect women at UAB. It proposes initiatives to ensure that UAB fairly meets the needs of its women employees and students and reports regularly to the president and the UAB community on the status of women at UAB.