When the Wisconsin Women’s Network began in 1979, the original board members created six task forces designed to focus their efforts. These task forces included the Marital Property Reform Task Force, Child Care Task Force, and the Employment Equity Task Force. The issues of Domestic Violence, Displaced Homemakers, and Sex Law Reform were all termed “mechanism issues” and met on a less regular basis than the main task forces. As set down by the Network’s original bylaws, the duties of the task forces were to include: determining legislative/public policy priorities in the task force’s issue areas; monitoring relevant legislation; developing WWN’s position on relevant legislation; advocating for WWN positions on legislation by testifying at public hearings, issuing action alerts to WWN membership, acting in coalition with other organizations with similar positions on the issues, and public education as necessary and feasible; submitting meeting minutes and announcements to the WWN staff in a timely fashion typed or on disk; writing occasional articles for the Stateswoman; writing the task force’s section of the WWN annual report; and communicating with the WWN staff and Public Policy Committee regarding the status of task force activities.