Getting More Women into Politics

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SCRANTON -- Teaching women how to break into politics was the topic of a discussion in Scranton on Saturday.

The University of Scranton hosted the Women in Politics forum at Leahy Hall.

Organizers say women account for half the state of Pennsylvania, but they make up just 19% of the general assembly in Harrisburg.

A political science professor said Pennsylvania ranks 39 out of 50 states in our representation of women who hold office.

"The visual is really important. We know that women are in government. Other women think about it and when young girls see women in government, they think about it and they remember their names and they know something about them," said Dr. Jean Harris, University of Scranton.

Organizers plan to have more discussions in the future to draw even more women into the political field.


    • lester

      heck, someone should stay ay home and raise the kids. But politics made it impossible for a single income to suffice.

  • Christine Keeney

    At what level of representation are the organizers of this event referring to? Our area (Bradford County) has Tina Pickett as a congresswoman, a female County judge, Maureen Bierce-Gannon, Mayor Susan Burgess. In Wyoming County there is Sandra Mayor, in Sullivan County is Donna Iannone as a county commissioner. Just to name a few in the top- of-my head!

  • trucker

    I am surprised no one reached out to Tarah Toohil for a comment. Oh wait, shes not a left wing loon, never mind :)

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