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Resources for Women in County Government By Nicole Correia, NYSAC Communication Manager
hile the numbers are growing, women remain underrepresented in elected office: women only make up about 23 percent of elected government roles at the state and local level. Resources to support women serving in local government or considering a run for local office are necessary if those numbers are to grow.
New York State Legislative Women’s Caucus – This is a bicameral, bi-partisan organization of women New York State Legislators. The LWS works to improve the representation and participation of women in all areas of government and provides a network of support while promoting issues that benefit women and families in New York State.
The resources below represent non-partisan and/or bi-partisan organizations and programs for women in government that may be helpful to women who are new to government as well as those who have served for many years.
The mission of Women of NACo is to enhance the effectiveness of female county officials and engage women officials in seeking leadership positions in their communities and within NACo. WoN serves as a communications network and issues forum for women county officials.
Statewide NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council – The NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) was officially launched in 2017, following several conference workshops on this topic. The primary goals of the WLC are: • To provide resources for women holding county office, • To support female county officials, and • To engage women in seeking leadership positions in their communities and within NYSAC. The NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council is the only statewide organization that offers resources specifically for women in county government and women interested in pursuing county leadership. These resources include: • Bipartisan panels, forums, workshops, and networking events at NYSAC conferences; • Opportunities to speak with women serving in county governments throughout New York State; • Articles in the NYSAC News magazine; • Online Resource Center, including NYSAC research and reports; • Webinars and other training opportunities.
NYSAC News | Winter 2019
Women of NACo (WoN) - National Association of Counties www.womenofnaco.org
WON seeks to be an organization that offers female county officials the best possible opportunity to further their participation in NACo and to assist women in their efforts to be effective leaders in all arenas of the political process. She Should Run www.sheshouldrun.org She Should Run is a non-partisan 501(c)3 with the mission to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the United States. Women are underrepresented at all levels in the 500,000+ elected offices across the U.S. That is why She Should Run is committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run by 2030. In their words: What they do “Our programs provide an approachable starting place and network for women leaders considering a future run by providing community, resources, and growth opportunities. We believe that women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected office and that our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. "We know that when women run for office they win at the same rates as men. Yet women are not encouraged and recruited at the same rate as men. Our Ask a Woman to Run tool provides a way for individuals to tell us about great women leaders they know who should consider a run for office.
This issue of NYSAC News focuses on the policy considerations for NY's counties in 2019.