2022 Leading Women Dinner
The 2022 Leading Women Dinner recognizes and celebrates all the brave South Carolina women who have stepped forward to seek elective (win or lose) and appointive office. Due to institutional, socio-economic, and cultural barriers that persist in South Carolina, running for elected office is daunting for even the boldest of women. Women comprise 51% of our State’s population, but hold just 17% of seats in our state legislature and are similarly underrepresented in municipal and local offices and on public appointed boards and commissions.
The Leading Women Dinner honors women who have opened paths so that others may follow and builds a support network to encourage other women to vie for leadership roles in elective and appointive office. The event includes a V.I.P. reception, national keynote speaker, and awards for women in local, statewide, and appointive office that have devoted themselves to community service, demonstrated a commitment to working across party lines, and whose civic work has improved the quality of life for all South Carolinians.
Despite the challenges women face, this year 266 women filed to run for elected office from city and town councils to Governor, in part thanks to the strategic advantage SC Women in Leadership provides women at our Spring Training multi-partisan campaign training conference including tools, knowledge, and information to establish their qualifications, fundraise, handle sexism, and more on the campaign trail.
Women in Leadership also maintains the only comprehensive state-wide database of available positions on public boards and commissions, and has developed MatchBoard, a new statewide public appointed board and commission management system to replace the numerous confusing, frustrating, antiquated, and disparate methods of administration and communication currently used by South Carolina’s county and local governments. Women in Leadership also hosts the annual SpringBoard Conference to give women the confidence and knowledge to seek appointed positions of power and influence. Boards and commissions are the backbone of local government and improved accessibility to hundreds of open seats across the state presents opportunities for local citizen volunteers with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to have a say in decisions about how their community is governed.
The Leading Women Dinner brings the campaign cycle full circle by recognizing women who have run/are running/have been appointed, bringing attention to their campaigns, showing prospective women candidates that the challenges women face are surmountable, encouraging them to participate in the Spring Training and/or SpringBoard events, and seeking office in the future.
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