Women Can Run! And Win! Panel Discussion at Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting
A panel discussion about the underrepresentation of women in elective politics and how to change that will be the focus of the Monday, August 18th meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (COC NOW).
Panel members are Jean Cowan, former Lincoln County Commissioner and State Representative; Kelley Ellis, member of the Lincoln County School Board and former Siletz City Council member; and Billie Jo Smith, Chair of Lincoln County Democratic Party and former member of the Lincoln County School Board.
Women make up 51% of the population, but in no state do they compose anywhere close to 51% of the state legislature or of Congress. In Lincoln and Tillamook Counties there are currently no women on the Board of the County Commissioners although, historically, several women have filled one or more of the three seats. Statewide in 2014 women made up only 30% of the legislature body (7 of 30 senators, and 20 of 60 representatives). Oregon has 7 US Congressional seats (2 Senate and 5 House); only one of which is held by a woman, Rep. Suzanne Bonimici. Why is this? Does it matter? How do we get more women to run? Can women win? Do women’s votes make a difference? All of this and more will be discussed.
The discussion will take place on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. The community is encouraged to attend. Any woman who may be interested in running for public office now or in the future will definitely want to attend.
The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) works locally and nationally to eliminate discrimination against women in all sectors of society, to assure access to reproductive health care, to eliminate domestic and sexual violence, and to promote equality and justice in our community. Chapter members are currently working to pass Ballot Measure 89, an Equal Rights Amendment to give women express equality in Oregon’ Constitution; this measure will be on the November, 2014 ballot. See: www.VoteERA.org
For more information about the August 18 meeting or about Central Oregon Coast NOW, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-577-3585. Website: www.centraloregoncoastnow. com.