'In NC politics, women are noticeably absent'
BY LESLIE MAXWELL
A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.
Notice something? No women
I could pontificate on how right Leslie Maxwell is in her guest column, but I suggest you just read the entire piece online.
I have posted several times on the lack of women who are members of the NC House and NC Senate. There are three Democrats and three Republicans, who are women in the NC Senate. This is appalling to me. But women lack leadership roles not only in government, but in all areas of politics except the grunt work level.
It is discouraging to admit, but our efforts through groups like the Women's Political Caucus have not produced anywhere near what is required to have the numbers to reach a "tipping point" when women's concerns are taken seriously. Teachers are just in the most obvious group that is impacted by lack of women in leadership roles. How about all women of childbearing age? What about women concerned that they and their children will be drinking polluted water due to lack of a voice on fracking or coal ash?