Rep. Howse Participates In National Conference On Empowering Women In Politics
Pushes Ohio's national delegation to consider importance of gender equality, participation

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) recently attended a national conference centered on the ways women leaders can influence national priorities and push for true gender equality.

“Many women are already leaders in their communities and families, so it is important that their voices are heard in the political arena as well,” said Howse. “It is critical that women have an equal opportunity to participate and offer their perspectives on policy issues whether at the local, state or national level.”  

The “Women at the Tables of Power” conference, held in Washington, D.C. and sponsored by the Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL) of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), brought togetherfemale state legislators, activists and high level officials for three days of policy briefings, networking, and meetings centered on women’s empowerment in politics.

“This gathering of women leaders from across the nation occurred during a crucial time of national change, as we strive to move beyond political posturing and work for the people of this country by investing in the economy, creating good jobs, and protecting the vital programs on which our communities rely,” added Howse.

While in D.C., Rep. Howse met with the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman Mike Turner to discuss the importance of gender equality and ways to promote women’s involvement in politics.

“It’s our mission to empower women to act politically,” said WAND Executive Director Susan Shaer. “At this conference, women legislators and community leaders hone their skills, learn from high-level briefings, and increase their talents for their crucial roles, whether that’s in town hall meetings or at international negotiating tables.”

Women leaders on issues of peace, security, and budget priorities, including Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards, were featured speakers at the conference. At an evening reception Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was honored with the 2015 Torchbearer Award for her lifetime of service, demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s leadership domestically and abroad, and her support for diplomacy.

“Our elected officials in Washington, D.C. battle endlessly over how to allocate our resources, which directly impacts the states. We cannot afford to stand on the sidelines for this debate. We must advocate for a budget that grows the economy and protects the essential programs on which our communities rely,” added WiLL President and Georgia Senator Nan Orrock.

The “Women at the Tables of Power” conference was held October 4-6 on Capitol Hill.

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