Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today that women here may not realize just how much influence they have over the future of the Mountain State.
There are about 660,000 registered female voters in West Virginia, compared to about 600,000 registered male voters.
However, there is only one female member in the 34-seat State Senate. The 100-seat House of Delegates has 21 female members. Two State Supreme Court Justices are female. And Secretary Tennant is the only female on the seven-member Board of Public Works.
March 5 and 6 is Women’s Day at the Legislature sponsored by the West Virginia Women’s Commission, when women from across the state converge on the State Capitol to make sure lawmakers know their concerns. Secretary Tennant is also taking part in a panel discussion March 5 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston entitled “How You Became The Change You Wanted To See.”
Secretary Tennant, a married mother of one, said that she recognizes that women already have many important responsibilities. Many have full time jobs in addition to the full time job of being a mom.
“I know what it’s like to balance work life with home life and as any woman will tell you, it’s not easy sometimes,” Secretary Tennant said. “I know a lot of times we focus on our families or our jobs, but I urge women to stay involved in what happens in their communities. Stay informed on the issues. Make sure you know who is running for office and vote for the person that best reflects your beliefs and values. Or you could run for office. Too many women are intimidated from throwing their hat in the ring when they can offer a unique perspective to the issues that we face.”
Secretary Tennant said in addition to voting and running for office, women can shape the economic future of West Virginia by starting their own business.
Citizens who need information about registering to vote, running for office, or starting a business can contact the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office at (304) 558-6000 or go online at www.wvsos.com.