The Status of Women Standing Committee was established, after an ad hoc committee did considerable research. Members of the committee made sure their presidents voted the right way by standing behind them at the pre-convention PC meeting. 

Two future CIEA Presidents were among the ad hoc membership - Kathy Conroy from FACNC and Maureen Shaw - DKFA. Two workshops were presented at the 1984 AGM: "Examining Sexist Instruction" and A Review of the 1984 NDP Policy and Leadership Convention." The new committee held a conference in the fall of 1984: "What's Happening to Our Future? Women in the Colleges and Institutes".