Jacksonville, FL




Women Candidates for City Council


They did.  You can.  Celebrating Trailblazers
On its first anniversary and a day before Veterans Day, Nine in 15 honored women who are past or current Jacksonville City Council members in a short program at WJCT, followed by lively networking by Nine in 15 supporters and 16 of the 2015 City Council candidates.  Audrey Moran recognized the 23 women who have held Council seats since 1966, when the first two women won election to Jacksonville's governing body and introduced each honoree who attended.  The program's theme was "They did.  We can."  Four women representing emerging community leaders shared excerpts of advice the honorees offered to those who will follow in their footsteps.  For more, see Florida Times-Union 11.11.14.

The Race Is On:  Corrigan Surveys Local Landscape, Urges Women to Run
Some 175 women and men heard encouraging news at Nine in 15’s second networking event on March 13, 2014. Linda Lanier announced that, as of that date, one-­third of declared candidates for the Jacksonville City Council election in 2015 were women, compared with 11% in 2011. Guest speaker Dr. Matthew Corrigan of the University of North Florida urged Nine in 15 supporters to invite more women to run, citing
research showing women are less likely than men to believe they are qualified for office but, when they run, win as often as male candidates. Other highlights: Edythe Abdullah presented Nine in 15’s self-­assessment guide for would be candidates; Carol Thompson introduced declared candidates; and Pam Paul stressed the importance of networking, then invited all to use the social hour that followed for that purpose. View The Race Is On and read about the event at Florida Times Union March 13 and San Marco Resident News April 9.

Crowd Listening to a Speaker - Public Office

Woodruff Gives National Perspective

Judy Woodruff, managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, headlined Nine in 15’s launch on November 11, 2013, with some 150 in attendance. She gave national context for the local effort to increase women’s representation in political leadership. Nine in 15 founders Carol Thompson and Pam Paul presented Jacksonville statistics and the initiative’s mission. Read what the Florida Times Union and The Financial News and Daily Record wrote about the event. View Nine in 15 Launch PowerPoint (November 11, 2013).

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