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Meeting To Explore Getting More Women To Run For Office

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Two Northwoods groups are getting together to talk about the need for more women to be in politics.

Nicolet College's Learning in Retirement and the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods are teaming up to talk about the issue next week along with researchers on the issue.

Steven Schreier of Learning in Retirement is also an Oneida County Board member. He says he saw a presentation by U-W Extension about Women in Government....

"...They have done a number of interviews across the state, did some interviews. The takeaway was nationally we don't see a lot of women getting involved directly in government. You can see from the surveys when you see school boards they are involved, but after that it goes down more and more..."

He says the Extension research found women appear to be drawn to jobs like a clerk but don't as often go for policy making positions in government. Schreier says the Oneida County Board is one example...

"...When I was elected to Oneida County Board it was after Oneida county lost two of the only women they had on the board. We currently don't have any women on our board and unless I'm wrong, I believe we are the only county in the state that doesn't have any women on it's board..."

Schreier said the meeting is a good fit for both groups hosting the event. The UW-Extension researchers will be on hand to present the information.

The meeting "Recruiting Women for Elected Office is set for Monday, September 23, at 1:30 p. m.at the Pine Lake Town Hall on River Road near Rhinelander. It is open to the public.

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