posted by Maggie Humphreys | July 17, 2014
Women make up 50.7% of the U.S. population, yet only 18.2% of Congress is female. In Washington state,women fare slightly better: 30.6% of our legislators are female. That’s down, however, from the days when Washington led the nation with women occupying jut over 40% of legislative seats.
Men had the opportunity July 9 to support parity in government representation at our “Men for Women” event. Held at the home of Roger Nyhus, president and CEO of Nyhus Communications, the event featured a long list of male supporters: Congressman Jim McDermott, Rep. Adam Smith, Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. David Frockt, Sen. Marko Liias, Sen. Steve Litzow, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Sen. Kevin Ranker, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Rep. Cyrus Habib, Rep. Steve Kirby, Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, Jason Bennett, Steve Breaux, Larry Brown, Parker Butterworth, Nate Caminos, Nick Federici, Bruce Gryniewski, Alex Hays, Michael Hill, Matt Isenhower, Charles Jensen, Dean Nielsen, James Paribello, Strom Peterson, Nick Petrish, Thomas Pitchford, John Schochet, Geoff Simpson, Dorian Waller, Andrew Wells, John Wyble and Adam Zukor.Read more
posted by Maggie Humphreys | May 25, 2014
Don't miss this guest column in the Seattle Times by NWPC-WA Diversity Chair Alexis Oliver about the gender imbalance in state politics. Washington used to lead the nation with women holding more than 40% of the seats in the state legislature. Today, it's 32%. NWPC-WA is the state's only organization dedicated to recruiting, training and electing women to public office at all levels.
Read her full piece here: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/guest-the-gender-imbalance-in-state-politics/