AKA’s hope to increase women in politics

By E.J. Russell

Women make up over 50% of the population but less than 25% are in
elected positions nationally and less than 15% in the State of

Mississippi. Mississippi is ranked 47th    , with only Alabama,
Oklahoma, and South Carolina performing worse. Many of those elected
officials are responsible for enacting legislation and making policy
decisions that impact every aspect of life.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Lambda Omega Chapter hopes to
increase the number of women who will be motivated to enter the
political process by hosting the Women in Politics Summit, themed “A
Woman’s Place: Developing a Plan of Action to Mobilize Women to Run For
Political Office. “  This panel driven, interactive event will take
place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, with registration at 8:30 a.m., in
the Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, MS located at 100 State Street.  There
is a $20.00 registration fee and a working lunch will be provided.
College and High School students get in free if registered by April 22,
2011.

The summit offers a unique opportunity for potential women candidates
to hear directly from prominent elected leaders, consultants, and party
officials about the decision making, qualifying, and campaign
processes. Topics covered include navigating the qualifying process,
report filing, accessing resources, fund raising, independent versus
political parties, working with the media, and developing a plan of
action. Presenters will outline the role of the Circuit Clerks,
Municipal Clerks, Election Commissioners, Office of the Secretary of
State, political parties, the media, and consultants

The goal is to inspire, empower, mobilize and equip women, without
regard to political affiliation, with the knowledge and information
needed to enter the political arena as a candidate for elective office.
Attendees will leave the summit politically empowered to take the next
step to becoming a candidate.  For information, contact EJ Russell at
601-927-2267 or email womenNpolitics@gmail.com.