In today’s paper, I covered a conference celebrating women in business.
While the Kauffman Foundation reports women have made great strides since the ’50s – increasing their share of the workforce from 30 percent to 48 percent in 2010 – they still have a ways to go.
Here are some stats from the local government angle that didn’t make it into the article, but are interesting nonetheless, especially considering upcoming elections:
- 348,861, or 57.5 percent, of voters in Shelby County are female (source: Shelby County Election Commission)
- 8 women in TN are currently serving as state representative or senator in 2011
- In Shelby County Government, including the suburbs, there are 8 women serving in public office
- In Memphis City Government, there are 8 women serving.
- In 2011, Amy Weirich was named the first woman in the history of Shelby County to be named 30th District Attorney General (source: League of Women Voters in Memphis/Shelby County)
- In 2011, women serving in U.S. Congress total 93, or 17 percent; 76 in the House and 17 in the Senate
- There are 44 women of color who have served in Congress since 1964, with 43 in the House. Currently, 26 women of color are serving (source: www.womenincongress.house.gov/)