New Story has attracted some pretty amazing people from all corners of Appalachia.
But I think our session on Women Who Run For Office boasts probably the most impressive lineup.
- West Virginia State Delegate Barbara Fleischeur;
- Morgantown City Councilor Jenny Selin;
- Morgantown City Councilor-elect Rachel Fetty;
- Former West Virginia State Delegate Charlene Marshall;
- First term Wheeling City Councilor Wendy Scatterday;
- Candidate for Mayor of Charleston Amy Goodwin; and
- Ohio County Board of Education member Sarah Koegler.
These smart and passionate women have all put their hands up to share their thoughts and experiences on running for elected office, the unique challenges that women face as candidates and leaders, and what the gender imbalance in decision making means for West Virginia.
If you are thinking of run for office, whatever your gender, this is a pretty remarkable opportunity to pick the brains of some of Appalachia’s most savvy, passionate and insightful women.
Oh, and it’s free. (How good is New Story, right?)
Almost 300 people have already registered to attend. Join them – here’s the registration page with all the info: newstory17.splashthat.com
Though women constitute 51 percent of the state’s population, they make up only 13 percent of the West Virginia State Legislature.
It is not hard to imagine the effect that this woeful misrepresentation in who holds the power in West Virginia has on the decisions that impact our everyday lives, including our public health, schools, and justice systems, critical budget decisions, and funding for essential human services.
We need more women (and more young people, colored people, low-income people and other underrepresented groups) shaping the direction of our state.
New Story is proud to be part of a bigger movement to make that happen.
Don’t miss it. Register now: newstory17.splashthat.com