Wednesday, September 10, 2008

There's a Problem with the Pipeline

And Who Says the Glass Ceiling Is Broken?

The NYTimes report on a recent study illustrates yet again why getting more women, especially women of color, into the political pipeline is important:
The report, from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the State University of New York at Albany, tallied how many women and minorities were appointed by governors in the 50 states to leadership jobs between 1997 and 2007. The answer is: not enough. Of 1,834 top state jobs — including advisers to governors, department and commission heads — 643 were held by female appointees, or about 35 percent of the total. Minorities held less than 16 percent.
For me, the most important conclusion drawn from this study is that
elective office is still overwhelmingly a white male occupation...that may have less to do with the glass ceiling than with the pipeline: too few women and minorities are being appointed to top state jobs where they can get the experience and the public attention to establish a political career.

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