NLC Sends Survey to Women Officials
Barnes, Bill, Nation's Cities Weekly
Attention, women city council members and mayors! Help us learn more about women in local politics.
NLC is supporting a study of the pre-election backgrounds of a sample of women city council members. Elected women are encouraged to respond if they receive a questionnaire.
Women are still a minority of city council members and mayors, constituting 23 percent of the elected officials in NLC's database. The goals of the research are to learn more about what drew these women into elective office and how more women may be encouraged to enter politics in the future.
Does having female elected officials make any difference in public policy? Researchers say "yes." Studies of large groups of elected women have shown that women tend to put more emphasis on policies and programs dealing with families, young people and the elderly, housing, education, and constituency service than do their male counterparts.
Suzan K. Cheek is the researcher for this project. A professor of political science and leadership studies at Methodist College, she is also a colleague of women city council members. …