A season to encourage woment to seek public office

I love this time of year- crisp autumn air, big, orange pumpkins, and county, state, or national elections.

I could spend all day writing about why it is important to vote, but I refuse to do so.  If you choose not to vote, that is your personal decision- that just means my candidate has a better chance at winning since I will be voting.

The November 4 ballot will have First Congressional US Representative Alan Nunnelee (R), Ron E. Dickey (D), Danny Bedwell (L), and Lajena Walley (Reform); for all US Senator Thad Cochran (R) and Travis Childers (D); and finally for all an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution which makes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife a constitutional right in Mississippi.

Did you know that for every dollar a man earns a woman earn 77 cents at the same job? For example- Billy Joe down the street is a district manager at a company. Billy Joe makes an annual salary of $100,000. Debra Sue is also a district manager at the same company as Billy Joe, but Debra Sue only earns $77,000 per year.

Another fun fact- Mississippi’s population is made up of 52 percent female.  Why is the majority of the population making approximately 23 cents per dollar less than the minority population?

Gender should not determine an individual’s pay.  Pay should be determined by the individual’s skills, education, and experience.

In a previous article I detailed how women are not represented equally in the Mississippi State Legislature. When 52% of the population is female and there are no female Congressional Senators or Representative are the values of women being taken into full account? Women, do you feel that a man can represent you and your children to the fullest on the national and state levels?

I feel that more women should run for both the state legislature and for US Congress. I think it is a shame for a majority female state to not have 1 female as either a US Senator or Representative.  Why is this?

Women are leaders within our families, churches, and communities. Our local school board here in Winston County is made up of 4 women and 1 man, our county government has 3 females that were elected and the city of Louisville has 3 females that have also been elected.

Like most books from the outside we as women look well represented in Winston County, but the numbers change when one looks at how many women are in the MS State Legislature.

Why is this? Why don’t more women run for the MS State Legislature and even for US Congress?  Are we afraid of what the outcome might be? Women better understand other women and I feel that important issues are not being best represented on the state level and even on the national level. Women tend to be more knowledgeable about childcare, caring for their parents, and other issues.

I am not bashing men that represent this great state, but aim to encourage more women to consider serving in a political office. Women should be equally represented in the state legislature and in Mississippi’s US Congressional seats.

Editor notes: Hanna McCain is an Advertising Consultant for The Winston County Journal, Choctaw Plaindealer and Webster Progress Times.