Women are significantly underrepresented in Ohio public office.
- The Ohio General Assembly has been no more than 25% female since women were first admitted to the state legislature in 1922. (And only 150 women have served in the Ohio legislature since that time, according to www.ohiostatehouse.org.)
- Of the 282 county commissioners in Ohio in 2017, only 15% are women, according to 2017 County Commissioners Association of Ohio Roster, www.ccao.org
Political participation by women is low in Ohio.
American women are the primary consumers in America, yet we do not enjoy political power equal to our economic power
- “(American) Women drive 70–80% of all consumer purchasing, through a combination of their buying power and influence. Influence means that even when a woman isn’t paying for something herself, she is often the influence or veto vote behind someone else’s purchase,” according to National Partnership for Women and Families, April 2016, nationalpartnership.org .
- “On average, Ohio women who are employed full time lose a combined total of more than $17 billion every year due to the wage gap. These women, their families, businesses and the economy suffer as a result. Lost wages mean families have less money to save for the future or to spend on basic goods and services – spending that helps drive the economy,” according to Forbes.com .
When there is political leadership and participation by all women, good government follows:
- A growing body of evidence indicates that women’s political participation, specifically more women in elected office, results in women’s increased economic independence, as well as policy and legislation that emphasizes the value of women’s human, civil, and reproductive rights.
While training in public policy and candidate-readiness exists in Ohio, support in the form of endorsement, money, votes and influence is lacking.