State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced her election as treasurer of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) for the 132nd General Assembly. Galonski was appointed to replace former state rep. Greta Johnson in early May.

“I am honored to serve as treasurer for the House Women’s Caucus,” said Galonski. “I look forward to working with the Women’s Caucus, using our platform to advocate for equality and develop policies that put fairer principles into practice.”

The OHDWC develops key policy initiatives relating to women’s rights, including access to comprehensive healthcare, equal pay for equal work and protections from domestic abusers, among others. The caucus hosts several advocacy events, including Equal Pay Day and the annual Women’s Lobby Day, both held earlier this year.

While women make up over half of America’s population and workforce, they are still disproportionately underrepresented in many other areas. During the previous Ohio General Assembly, only 24 percent of lawmakers were women, including 27 percent of women lawmakers in the House chamber and only 15 percent of women lawmakers in the Senate chamber.

The mission of the OHDWC is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify and support emerging women leaders by serving as mentors; to educate and empower women; and to increase women’s involvement in public life and in the Ohio General Assembly.

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