Winthrop program encourages college women to join politics

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 20, 2013 

South Carolina ranks next to last in the nation for women holding elective offices.

Although the Palmetto State has a female governor, the state has one female senator and 21 women in it’s 124-member S.C. House.

Winthrop University and the College of Charleston are hoping to plant the seeds this week that will improve the state’s female representation.

Winthrop’s West Forum is hosting until Wednesday the “NEW Leadership South Carolina” conference which will include introducing women in college to state officials and educating them about the political process.

The conference will host 20 women from across the state from Coastal Carolina, USC Aiken, Greenville Technical College, Winthrop, College of Charleston, Spartanburg Community College and Francis Marion University.

The multi-day program is modeled after a similar initiative at Rutgers University to teach women about leadership, economics and politics.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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