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Play Button  McLeod Lecture Series - 2009- McLeod Lecture series: Beth Courtney joins La Supreme Court Chief Justice “Kitty” Kimball, La Senators Sharon Broome and Willie Mount, and Rep. Jane Smith to reflect on the unique legacy of Louisiana’s elected female leaders.
Play Button  Extra - Fundraising - Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco touches on the challenges of fundraising as a female political candidate.
Play Button  Extra - Family obligations - Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco discusses how family obligations influence a woman’s decision to run for political office.
Play Button  Extra - Your Life Experiences - Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco notes that qualifications for political office are less intimidating than many women think.
Play Button  Extra - Sense of Security - Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco recounts a political experience revelation she had at a meeting of all male lawmakers.
Play Button  Extra - How many women? - State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D- Baton Rouge explains the decrease in female lawmakers she’s seen during her tenure.
Play Button  Extra - Why not more? - State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D- Baton Rouge touches on the main reasons women don’t run for political office.
Play Button  Extra - Why I ran - State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D- Baton Rouge explains how she got into politics.
Play Button  Extra - Priorities - State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D- Baton Rouge touches on the balancing act between family and politics.
Play Button  Extra - Sphere of influence - State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, D- Baton Rouge notes public service can mean many things.
Play Button  Extra - Why I ran - State Representative Nancy Landry, R – Lafayette, explains her journey to the state legislature.
Play Button  Extra - Campaigning - Former State Senator Willie Mount explains her journey into politics.
Play Button  Extra - Balance - Former State Senator Willie Mount touches on the benefits of having a woman’s voice in the political discussion.
Play Button  Extra - Great Opportunities - Former State Senator Willie Mount explains the opportunities that opened up for her to run.
Play Button  Extra - Perspective - Former State Senator Willie Mount touches on some of the traits that women add to the political process.
Play Button  Extra - Number 1 issue - Former State Senator Willie Mount found that this was the number one challenge in office.
Play Button  Extra - Survey says… - ULL Political Science Department Chair Pearson Cross, Ph.D. cites what the studies say about why women don’t run for political office.
Play Button  Extra - African-American women - ULL Political Science Department Chair Pearson Cross, Ph.D. touches on the success of African-American women candidates.
Play Button  Extra - Sexism? - ULL Political Science Department Chair Pearson Cross, Ph.D. explores some of the reasons women don’t fare well in politics in Louisiana.
Play Button  Extra - What’s missing? - ULL Political Science Department Chair Pearson Cross, Ph.D. tells what he thinks is missing when few women serve in the legislature.
Play Button  Extra - Why women don’t run - ULL Political Science Department Chair Pearson Cross, Ph.D. explains why women don’t run for elected office.

05/12 - Louisiana’s Legislature: Where Are the Women?

More than half the population of Louisiana – 51% -- is female. Yet, only 11 % of the state’s Legislators are women. Why?

Why have the number of female Legislators decreased in recent years, and what gets left out of the deliberative process when nearly all of the lawmakers are men? Does the fairer sex provide points of view innately different than those of their male counterparts – especially in the areas of child welfare, family policy and juvenile justice? Join Louisiana Public Square as it examines “Louisiana’s Legislature: Where Are the Women?” airing May 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified and added to the U.S. Constitution. Sixteen years later, Doris Holland became Louisiana’s first woman legislator, appointed by the governor and then elected by voters to the State Senate seat of her deceased husband. Despite the achievement, the National Women’s History Museum notes Louisiana was the last of the states to elect a female lawmaker. It wasn’t until 1971 that the first African-American woman was elected to the State House of Representatives, Dorothy Mae Taylor. This was one year after Louisiana finally ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, originally rejecting it in 1920.

While the number of women elected to the state legislature has dramatically increased over the years, the most recent election cycle saw a decrease in female representation. The decline falls across all categories: Democrats and Republicans, black and white, Senate and House.

Women account for 51% of the state’s population. The 2011 legislature had 23 women serving. The current 2012 body has just 16 females representing Louisiana’s 2,314,080 women. This month “Louisiana Public Square” explores why the number of female legislators has decreased in recent years, and what gets left out of the deliberative process when nearly all of the lawmakers are men.

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Women's Political Resources

The 2012 Project
Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics initiative
http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/site/pages/2012Project.php

She Should Run
National movement to encourage more women to run for office
http://sheshouldrun.org/

Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus
Includes statistics on women representation in government
http://llwc.louisiana.gov/

Louisiana Federation of Democratic Women
Contacts for Louisiana Democratic women
http://www.nfdw.com/state/index.html)

Louisiana Federation of Republican Women
Political organization info for Republican women
http://www.lfrw.org/

Nicholls University Center for Women and Government
Promotes the leadership of women by providing resources and non-partisan support
http://www.nicholls.edu/lcwg/

New Leaders Council Louisiana
Louisiana chapter of national group training progressive leaders
https://www.facebook.com/NLCLouisiana

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I enjoyed watching the panel discussion on Louisiana’s Legislature: Where Are The Women? Very informative and it was good to here their perspectives on why they ran for office and the need for more women to run.

Posted by tonya bolden-ball  on  05/30  at  10:03 AM

I watched this program and it again highlights the good old boys (elected officials) who make it difficult for women to feel comfortable in the current selfish environment. I believe the day will come when our elected officials will be nearly equal in males and females, but Mary Landrieu has been very successful in bridging the gap meanwhile. Perhaps she could be invited on a program to encourage more female candidates for both major parties.
Tom O’Brien

Posted by Tom O'Brien  on  05/30  at  10:05 AM
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