Panel Says More Women Needed In Oklahoma Politics

Aug 24, 2014

Former Lt. Governor, Jari Askins.
Former Lt. Governor, Jari Askins.
Credit Margo Wright / Wikimedia Commons

A group of women who have held public office in Oklahoma say it is important for more women to become involved in politics.

At a meeting of the Norman Chamber of Commerce on Friday, the women set aside politics to underscore the need to add women's opinions and viewpoints to the public debate.

Former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins says state decisions that impact families need to have a female perspective.

State Rep. Leslie Osborn says there is no glass ceiling at the Legislature, but that not enough women are running for office.

The Norman Transcript reported the women say there was no pattern to how they became involved in politics.

Some started at the city or school board level, while others, like Osborn, jumped in at the state level.

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