Jacksonville Needs More Women in Seats of Power

A recent Times-Union article sums it up nicely: “While women have made gains in becoming more involved and included in Jacksonville’s circles of power, influence and impact, their voices remain isolated and underrepresented in too many areas.” As a continued follow-up to the successful EVE Women’s Summit, the article highlighted some of the discussions and ideas shared during the event, in particular, the importance of embracing gender equity in an effort to help Jacksonville “reach its true potential as a city.”

Here is an excerpt:

 

“It’s what happens when you’re (serious) about capturing the undeveloped potential of gender equity and diversity,” said Orender, whose resume includes stints as Women’s National Basketball Association commissioner, PGA Tour exec and network television decision-maker.

But the reality in Jacksonville, as revealed by the scorecard, is that we’re still lagging in capturing that potential by failing to nurture the gender equity necessary to take advantage of it.

While many notable area organizations (JAX Chamber, CSX and Florida Blue among them) have made huge strides in bringing more women into positions of influence, others clearly have not (the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has few women in top authority roles and only four of City Council’s 19 members are female).

Florida State College at Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau, who has won raves and respect for her sure-handed leadership of FSCJ, perfectly summed up what our community misses out on when women are missing from local boardrooms, corner offices, manager chairs and supervisor desks.

“When there is (better) equity and inclusion in the voices that are heard, the solutions are (better), too,” Bioteau said.

It’s time our community does more to include the views, expertise and talents of more women in helping Jacksonville become a better city.

And it’s time we step up our efforts to empower the voices of more local women to not merely be heard, but to be genuinely listened to as well.

 

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