In 1964, Governor John Reynolds created the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women as a response to recommendations issued in the 1963 report of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Wisconsin was one of the first states in the United States to do so. The Wisconsin Commission worked with the Governor, advising him on issues and legislation pertaining to women. However, in 1979, the Commission was disbanded by Gov. Lee Dreyfus, who stated that he would let the Commission “croak”. As a direct result, a number of influential Wisconsin women, including Katherine Clarenbach, Catherine Conroy, and Gene Boyer, banded together to form the Feminist Advocacy Network, or FAN. This name was later changed to the Wisconsin Women’s Network. Using the Action Plan from the 1977 National Women’s Conference as their basis for action, the Network’s purpose was to create a coalition of organizations and individuals devoted to advocacy efforts on women’s issues. The first major issue the Network set to work on was the Marital Property Reform Act, which eventually came into effect in 1984 .