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More Women Needed to Represent Missouri

Several fundraising events will support female candidates running for office in Missouri between now and the November election. (livingstoncountymo.com)
Several fundraising events will support female candidates running for office in Missouri between now and the November election. (livingstoncountymo.com)
May 4, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An effort is under way in Missouri to get more women elected to office.

The Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition is holding a series of fundraisers across the state to add some campaign money to the coffers of female candidates they've endorsed. Jane Crigler, president of the group, said they've recruited some outstanding progressive women candidates in what she describes as "winnable" races. The nonpartisan coalition began in 2001 with the goal of recruiting women to run for office in rural areas of the state.

"Progressive women don't have a lot of trouble getting elected in the cities," Crigler said, "but when you get out to the suburbs and the more rural areas, it's problematic."

The Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition has endorsed eight candidates running for office this year, and the first in a series of fundraisers is being held Friday in Kansas City.

Crigler said the group supports female candidates who back women's-rights issues and anti-discrimination policies, and who are against taking funding away from public education. Crigler said they also want people in office who will demand equal treatment and equal pay. She testified recently about an equal-pay bill and said it's an uphill climb.

"You know, the men on the committee, one or two of them got it, but the rest of them didn't see that there was any problem," she said. "So, we need women around the table, and that's really what our organization is about, is getting women to the table, progressive women, so they can get in on the discussions and have a vote."

Crigler said the group is active on social media and will hold other fundraising campaigns in mid-Missouri and St. Louis before the November election.

Event information is online at mowomensleadership.com.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MO