Kentucky’s highest female office-holder is hoping more women will become political candidates.
Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen, speaking to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club Wednesday, said a recent study showing Kentucky near the bottom of the nation in the number of women office holders is proof there’s a problem.
The report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ranks Kentucky 46th in the nation when it comes to the number of females holding elected office.
“I think women have to work harder to prove themselves. I think often they are considered not to have the strength that a man has, or the power that a man has. And the truth is women are doing everyday an incredibly courageous job of balancing complicated lives and careers.”
Despite her concerns, Luallen said she believes an increasing number of younger women in Kentucky are beginning to believe they can succeed at all aspects of running for office.
“They can raise money successfully, they can convince people to support them—it’s a very, very achievable goal to run for office as a woman.”