Women in Leadership
Wyoming is ranked 45th for women represented on a state level, the state was ranked 50th. Women make up about 15 % of the Wyoming State Legislature. Six women serve in the Senate and eight serve in the House of Representatives.
It is hard to elect more women if there aren't women running for offices across the state.VoteRunLead is an organization that is helping women interested in running for office to do just that. National Trainer, Katie Groke Ellis said, "Wyoming is not keeping up with their neighboring states. But it is good news that we have made improvements over the last few years." They spoke to women on some steps that can be taken during Leap into Leadership. This is just one of the events designed to help prepare Wyoming women for some of the unique hurdles that they face on the campaign trail.
Though there are women who hold elected positions there is always more that can be done. Teton County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman, Natalia D. Macker, said, "I think it's looking at what it takes for women to be comfortable running for office. How we can give women the support that they need in recognizing the differences when women run for office than for men. The only way that we can address those is by more women being willing to step up to the plate."
For more on VoteRunLead go to voterunlead.org.
For more information on Leap into Leadership, go to http://wyowlc.org/leap-into-leadership/.