At our monthly Queen's Bench luncheon on October 11, 2011, our speaker, Avel Gordly, read from her memoir, Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator and Public Servant. Reprinted here with permission is Teresa Statler's review from the Summer 2011 OWLS Advance Sheet. Enjoy!
As a follow-up to our monthly Queen's Bench luncheon on September 13, 2011, our speaker, Laura Coyle from Emerge Oregon, shared with us some statistics on Women in Oregon Politics and information about Emerge Oregon's Class of 2012. Enjoy!
Women in Oregon Politics
A National Perspective:
The US currently ranks 87th in the world in terms of number of women in the federal legislature, behind Mexico, China and even Iraq. As of 2011, women make up:
In Oregon’s history, we have had:
Mission: To recruit women who want to run for political office (including both elected and appointed office), train them and provide them with the support they need to win
Our rigorous seven-month course prepares women to run and win and we’re recruiting and training Oregon’s next Democratic women leaders right now. In doing so, we will start filling the political pipeline with a pool of highly qualified candidates that reflect the breadth and diversity of the Democratic Party. As of September 24, have graduated 55 alumnae.
2012 Program Dates:
Kick-Off/Welcome: January 2012, date TBD
Class One: Saturday, February 11th
Monday, February 20th (President's Day): Job Shadow in the Oregon Legislature
Class Two: Saturday, March 10th
Class Three: Saturday, April 14th
Class Four: Saturday, May 19th
Class Five: Saturday, June 9th
Class Six: Saturday, July 14th
Class Seven: Saturday, Aug 11th