League launches initiative to inspire women to public service

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Women are ready and eager to serve in elected office, and the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri wants to help them do just that.

On Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26 (commemorating women gaining the right to vote in 1920), the League announced a three-part initiative designed to encourage women to become involved in the democratic process and equip them for public service.Read more about Women Leaders initiative

1. Photo Contest: “Picturing Women Leaders” is underway now. The contest has two interesting twists. The photos must:

  • depict women in public service and
  • be captured with a cell phone camera.

Anyone can enter; students especially are encouraged to submit photos. Cash prizes will be awarded. More information is posted on Facebook at: Picturing Women Leaders: Photo Contest. Contest deadline is Sept. 21.  Ready to take a pix? Here are the forms you’ll need:    Entry Form_ReleaseForm_PhotoContest

2. Evening Event. An evening reception Thursday, Oct. 4 will feature an inspiring talk by Jessica Grounds, executive director of Running Start, along with a slide show and prizes for photo entries. Running Start is a national organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to become political leaders. Tickets ($20/$10 students) available on this website, www.lwvswmo.org; starts 5:30 p.m., at Missouri State University’s Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis St.

3. Training Workshop. A one-day training Saturday, Nov. 10, just four days after the presidential election, will be conducted by Catherine Gray, founder of the organization Clarity Central. It’s designed for women considering running for elective office, wanting to serve on a public board or commission or seeking to improve their skills in public policy leadership. Limited to 40 participants; $50, register here, www.lwvswmo.org; 8 a.m- 3 p.m.., Drury Trustee Science Center, 900 N. Benton.

The three-part League initiative is made possible by a major grant from the Missouri State University Public Affairs Program and the generosity of these sponsors: AT&T; Allison Cash; Community Foundation of the Ozarks; Drury University Departments of Communications, Leadership Development, and Women’s Studies; Ann Elwell; Empire Bank/Central Trust; Husch Blackwell, MaMa Jean’s Natural Market; Evelyn Gwin Mangan; Missouri State University Departments of Communications, Political Science and Gender Studies; Dr. Nancy O’Reilly; Panera Bread and Webster University.

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