‘Women Can Be Heroes’ – The Role of Women In Politics And Public Life | St. Louis Public Radio

‘Women Can Be Heroes’ – The Role of Women In Politics And Public Life

Mar 6, 2013

Earlier this year, the 113th Congress was sworn in and as part of that, there are now a record-breaking 20 female senators.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California told ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, "I think that until we get to 50, we still have to fight because it's still a problem.”

Boxer’s comments underscore an important issue that while women have more rights than they did several generations ago, there is much work yet to be done in many realms.  For example, women on a dollar per dollar basis get paid less than men.

Host Don Marsh talked with Yvonne Logan, Executive Director of the World Community Center, and Shirley Breeze, a member of the Missouri Women’s Leadership Coalition.

“One of the things we are most concerned about is women’s representation in the political area,” Breeze said.  “We think some of these problems could be solved if women had equal participation – if their thoughts were recognized, if they were allowed to make decisions on an equal basis. I have scads of figures which show women have limited participation in all forms of government.”

Yvonne Logan added, “I think women would be for more equal pay and regulating our financial institutions.”

While much of the conversation was about political representation, other topics included:

  • Violence against women
  • The role and possible future of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Healthcare
  • Media portrayal of women

Related Event

United Nations Association of St. Louis Presents Shirley Breeze in ""Women's Political Status in 2013”
Sunday, March 10, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road