“How to Elect More Women” Panel Discussion and Networking Happy Hour
Hosted by the Arlington Young Democrats Women’s Caucus
Chair Paradise Kendra and Vice-chair Michelle Woods
When: Wednesday, July 23rd 5:30-630 pm
5:30-6:30 pm Networking Happy Hour. Free Appetizers Provided.
6:30-8:30 pm Panel Discussion with Q and A
Where: Café Asia: 1550 Wilson Blvd #100, Arlington, VA 22209
Metro: Rosslyn (Orange and Blue line) Parking: Available on street and in Café Asia garage for $3
Who: Panelists include:
1.) Senator Jennifer Wexton, VA State Senator of the 33rd Senate District
2.) Senator Barbara Favola, VA State Senator of the 31st Senate District
3.) Jennifer Boysko, former and future House of Delegate candidate of VA’s 86th district
4.) Kathleen Murphy, former and future House of Delegate candidate of VA’s 34th district
5.) Yasmine Taeb, former House of Delegate candidate of VA’s 48th district
Why: It’s more than evident, we need to elect more women in this country and we need to do it now. The United States ranks 98th in the world in number of women in our national legislature. At this panel we will ask our panelist about best strategies in order to elect more women at both the state and national level. We will learn about the barriers that exist and how to combat them.
Right now there are 335 state legislative leaders, and just 60 of them are women, a total of 17.9 percent. In Virginia, only 17% of its legislative body is represented by women, compared to states like Colorado and Vermont where 41% of their legislative bodies are represented by women. Virginia leads states like Louisiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina, which currently have the least diverse gender representation at 13% but none of this is acceptable for the 21st century.
Point of Contact: For questions contact AYD Outreach Director Michelle Woods at email@example.com.