Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: In the weekly reviews from the Women’s Public Policy Network, we look back on last week’s highlights from the WPPN, share updates on bills affecting women that are moving at the Statehouse, showcase weekly news clips, and provide calls to action on bills pending in the Legislature. Sign up for our emails to receive these updates in your inbox every week!
(From left: Wendy Smooth, Associate Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences; Asma Khalid, NPR Political Reporter; Senator Charleta Tavares, Assistant Minority Leader, 15th Senate District, Ohio; and Sophia Fifner,Community Relations Chief, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department)
“Is This Seat Taken?”
Last week, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and WOSU Public Media teamed up to host Dialogue: A Look at Women in Ohio Politics. The panelists engaged in a conversation with audience members about women candidates navigating political elections, what it means for more women to be in office, experiences of using their voice as the only woman – and in many instances the only woman of color – in the room, and so much more. Watch the full discussion here.
ICYMI: There has been buzz of this 2018 election being another “Year of the Woman.” So, we crunched the numbers from the May 8th Primary Election in Ohio to find out. Check out our breakdown here.
We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. The legislature was back in session last week, but without a House Speaker, the House cannot vote on any legislation during session. They failed to get enough votes for any of the members running for Speaker, and were originally expected to try again this week. However, that won’t be happening (more on that below). Only two committees are scheduled to meet this week, butthere are a lot of updates from last week and a few looking ahead to this week:
REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK:
We will keep tracking any new updates and will be sharing timely legislative updates on these and other women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.