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Front Page - Friday, January 5, 2018

Women’s Policy Conference set for Feb. 9




The Mayor’s Council for Women in Chattanooga will host the Statewide Women’s Policy Conference on Friday, Feb. 9 at the Westin.

The mission of the all-day conference is to bring together women from across Tennessee to learn about current legislation affecting women’s lives and to inspire new policy initiatives that will impact their future.

“The Council for Women is advancing families across Tennessee by removing barriers that keep people from leading the life of their choosing. By having more women involved in developing policy, we can ensure legislation reflects the needs of women in Chattanooga and across our state,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says.

In its third year of operation, the Mayor’s Council for Women is aiming to impact public and private policy affecting women relative to the areas of education, health, leadership, history, justice and economic opportunity.

The Women’s Policy Conference is offered in response to the Tennessee report card on the status of women by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C.:

Political participation: D–

  • Employment and earnings: C–
  • Work and family: D
  • Poverty and opportunity: D
  • Reproductive rights: D–
  • Health and well-being: D–

“The time has come for women across the state to take responsibility for the policy decisions that impact them and their families. This conference is another way the Mayor’s Council is bringing women together to discuss solutions to the problems facing all women,” says Chattanooga Councilwoman Carol Berz, conference chair.

Participants of the conference will examine topics that include economic self-sufficiency, increased political awareness and engagement, issues of health and well-being, and work and family challenges.

The Statewide Women’s Policy Conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Mayor’s Council for Women invites women from across the state, including students, to attend. Topics will focus on personal engagement as well as political and professional empowerment. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from local vendors and organizations about resources for women in the Chattanooga community.

Information: bit.ly/womenspolicyconference.

Source: Mayor’s Council for Women