Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February
First meeting of the Women's Caucus
First Meeting of Women’s Caucus A Success
State Senator Debbe
Leftwich, D-OKC, and House Speaker Pro Tempore Susan
Winchester, R-Chickasha, are calling the first meeting of the
Oklahoma Women’s Caucus a tremendous success. Women lawmakers
from the House and Senate gathered at the State Capitol for a session
which included a presentation on similar organizations throughout
the nation as well as a demonstration on women’s health issues.
Sen. Leftwich, a former chair of the Oklahoma Commission on the
Status of Women, said both presentations helped inform members how
a women’s caucus could help promote an agenda that would be
beneficial to the entire state.
“As the saying goes, we’ve come a long way, but we still
have a relatively small representation in the Legislature compared
to other states. In Oklahoma, women only hold 14.8 percent of the
House and Senate. By coming together like this, we can identify
issues important to women and families and be a good resource for
each other,” Leftwich said.
Following the 2004 elections, Oklahoma moved from 46th to 43rd in
the nation in the ranking of women serving in state legislatures.
Rep. Susan Winchester is the first woman ever to attain the office
of House Speaker Pro Tempore. She said she hoped the caucus could
help other women seek public office and attain leadership positions
within the legislature.
“Women bring a much needed voice and perspective to public
policy and to leadership positions. It is my hope that this meeting
is just the beginning of a positive movement to help bring other
women from across the state into the political arena,” Winchester
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