We Can Do Better!; State Rig Count Matches 2002 High; New Locations

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We Can Do Better!; State Rig Count Matches 2002 High; New Locations


Gilmore, Joan, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Came across some interesting statistics the other day, thanks to Jean Warner.

* Oklahoma ranks 49th in the number of women serving in the Legislature.

* Oklahoma has never had a woman governor or U.S. senator.

* Eighteen percent of Oklahomas mayors (99 of 553) are women.

* The last (and only) woman to represent Oklahoma in the U.S. Congresswas Rep. Alice Mary Robertson (1921 to 1923).

These statistics are what caused Jean to become involved with N.E.W. Leadership Oklahoma. The letters stand for National Education for Women and you can find out what the whole thing stands for by attending a five-day residential program at the University of Oklahoma.

Presented by OUs Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, the program for all undergraduate women is designed to inform and empower participants to pursue careers in politics and public service. Undergraduates from Oklahoma as well as other states may apply. There is no cost to students to apply for this five-day institute scheduled May 16-20. The application deadline is March 14.

About 30 undergraduate women representing a variety of majors, class years and economic and personal backgrounds will be selected. To apply, contact the N.E.W. Leadership coordinator at 325-6372. Encourage students you know to apply or, better yet, donate $2,000 to support a student in the institute. The Carl Albert Center is a partner in the N.E.W. Leadership Development Network, an initiative of the Center for American Women and Politics/Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey.

"The whole idea (of the institute)," says Jean Warner, "is to encourage more women to consider careers in public service, including running for elective office." She says a highlight of the program is a half-day at the state Capitol to view politics in action and conclude the day with a reception honoring Oklahoma women in government, co-hosted by the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Call Jean Warner at the Carl Albert Center and chat with her about this. Shes so enthusiastic.

Nominate someone

Now is the time to look around your city and state for an outstanding person to nominate for the Oklahoma Heritage Associations Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. March 14. The nominations should go to OHA, 201 NW 14th St., Oklahoma City 73103.

If the past few years are to be the examples, OHA will recognize six living people and one deceased. The living nominees must be residents or former residents of Oklahoma who have performed outstanding service to humanity, to the state of Oklahoma and to the United States. This person also should be known for his or her contributions to society and must be distinguished in a profession or in literature, science, arts/humanities, business, statesmanship or military affairs.

In addition to the general criteria for living nominees, the deceased individuals must have had major national or international impact through accomplishments and contributions. For additional information, call the Heritage Association at 235-4458.The first Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction ceremony was in 1928. Each year, the black-tie dinner, scheduled as close as possible to the anniversary of statehood, attracts an average of 1,400 attendees. The 76th annual ceremony is scheduled Nov. 20 in the ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel Tulsa County Conference Center.

Oklahoma artist Theresa Cannady will have her paintings on view at the Hefner Mansion, headquarters for the Oklahoma Heritage Association, through March 2003. Admission is free and hours for the gallery are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.The Hollywood musical

Everyone says that the good old Hollywood musicals are coming back, what with Moulin Rouge winning an Oscar last year and the new film, Chicago, garnering 13 nominations for the 2003 Oscars. …

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