In the RCSW, the initial impetus to create the COI was provided by feminist activist Laura Sabia who brought some thirty women's groups together to lobby for a COI; by the forceful insistence of cabinet minister Judy LaMarsh; and by the chair of the COI, Florence Bird, who effectively marshalled the other six commissioners and the commission process, despite a minority report from one commissioner.
The RCSW resulted from and gave voice to the emergent women's movement, which pressured a reluctant federal government to launch the COI.
Macdonald, RCSW, Berger, Krever, RCRNT and RCAP all realigned the power of societal actors by giving a striking variety of individuals and groups a platform upon which they could air their views.
Another instance of relations affecting policy change is the positive relationship the chair of the RCSW had with officials in the Privy Council Office (PCO), responsible for overseeing the administration of COIs.
Created 14 years after the Report it may nevertheless owe something to the impetus given by the RCSW to the formation of new self-identifying women's groups and movements.
For the time being Women and the Canadian State/Les femmes et l'Etat canadien provides the most broadly based and coherent account available of the RCSW, its legacy and continuing relevance for the future of gender analysis and state feminism across Canada.