Meeting Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project was a life-changing experience. My general assumption was that women had made progress over the last ten years and that America would rank fairly high amongst other progressive nations in regards to female elected representation. I was shocked to discover that women represent only 17% of the elected officials in the United State and those numbers haven't changed in ten years! The United States actually ranks at 71% in the world when it comes to women serving in politics.
Of all the stories See Jane Do has covered this one has become a personal passion. Balanced leadership is necessary if we truly want to create a country that supports the essential needs of women, men and families. See Jane Do has taken measures to bring awareness and action to this issue by sharing the stories of women like Kristy Pagan, a White House Project graduate who plans to run for office, Joan Blades co-founder of MoveOn.org and MomsRising.org and Passion into Action Keynote speakers, Linda Tarr-Whelan, former UN ambassador for the Status of Women and author/activist Gloria Feldt.
Our mission, to capture the stories of everyday women who are taking the lead continues as we travel to New York City to partner with The White House Project at their 2010 EPIC Awards. In order to match their funds we are hosting a benefit to support the enhancement of women in American culture.
We are honored that Vice-Mayor Christina Billeci (running for California State Assembly against Dan Logue), Councilwoman Sally Harris, and Mayor Reinette Senumare participating in our next Soiree into Action.
Enjoy wine, music, a silent auction and meet local representatives this Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at the Nevada City Winery from 5:30-7:30 PM.