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A Few Good Women

December 7, 2010

The percentage of state lawmakers who are women will shrink to 23% in 2011, down slightly from almost 25% in 2010, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Although Americans often look critically at the role of women in other countries, we sometimes fail to realize how few women seek or reach leadership positions in our own district, state, and nation. Could this be because women do not want to be leaders, or that women feel unprepared to lead?

When Lisa Moody, chief of staff to Connecticut’s Governor M. Jodi Rell, spoke to students here at Saint Joseph College in mid-November, she urged them to consider public service as an exciting and rewarding career. Even though she cautioned that politics is not for the faint-of-heart, she suggested that more women should enter the political arena. Students appreciated Ms. Moody’s frankness about the challenges, and her stories of behind-the-scenes maneuvers in the State legislature were riveting.

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