Susan Rose’s piece “Winning with Women” does a great job of discussing the bleak state of affairs when it comes to women in elected office as well as the reasons why that is the case. Our country is in dire need of competent, effective female leadership. On the south coast of Santa Barbara County, however, the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (SBWPC) has proven effective in inverting the dominant paradigm of electoral politics.
Over the past 24 years, the SBWPC has had great success in cultivating, supporting and helping women candidates get elected and re-elected into all offices of government from school boards to the United States Congress. These women have made a tremendously positive impact in our local community by providing positive role models for young girls and women as well as enacting landmark policies and legislation on issues of improvement of public school education, domestic violence, air and water quality, and health care as well as other issues. Female representatives make the difference.
We must to continue to encourage our sisters, mothers, daughters and friends to increase women’s participation at the local level while also forging ahead to state and national offices. Join the SBWPC on March 16, 2012 for the Presidents’ Circle Lunch and hear Mary Hughes of The 2012 Project speak on electing women to office. Get inspired!
Jane Gray is president of the SBWPC