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LSU Women’s Center Teams Up with the American Association of University Women to Help Collegiate Women Get Involved

10/15/2013 09:47 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Center partnered with American Association of University Women, or AAUW, to host “Elect Her: LSU Women Win” for the second consecutive year on Saturday, Oct. 5. LSU was selected as one of 30 campus sites across the United States to host Elect Her, the only nationwide event that trains collegiate women how to run for and participate in student government.
 

The event was facilitated by national government affairs consultant Chonya Johnson, and a panel of LSU Student Government members attended, along with Louisiana’s 67th District Representative Pat Smith, who graciously served as the keynote speaker.
 

“With Louisiana recently being ranked 50th for wellbeing of women and receiving an ‘F’ for women in leadership positions, events like Elect Her are imperative to closing the achievement gap for women in Louisiana,” said Summer Steib, LSU Women’s Center director.
 

AAUW prides itself on bridging the gender leadership gap, and one of the many ways they accomplish this is by encouraging college women to run for student government positions because it is proven that women who get involved in the political process in college go on to be active political and community participants in their lives after college.
 

“Women are 51 percent of the total population in Louisiana, yet make up only 11 percent of the legislative body. We need more women in politics at all levels. In order for women to have a voice at the table, making women’s issues a priority ... they must first get to the table,” said Deborah Freda, AAUW Louisiana state president.
 

For more information on Elect Her, please contact the LSU Women’s Center at wc@lsu.edu.
 

About the American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 member and donors; 1,000 branches; and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day- educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.

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