Came across some interesting statistics the other day, thanks to
* Oklahoma ranks 49th in the number of women serving in the
* 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
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.
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
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