Southern Women Politicians Meet in Kentucky for Three-Day Conference

Hundreds of Southern women politicians met in Lexington, Kentucky for a three-day conference to discuss women constituents and women in politics. The conference featured proven leaders sharing their experiences in public service. Former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins commented, “These are women leaders who demonstrated a strong commitment to public service in their respective states. They are outstanding examples and role models.” Tennessee state Rep. Lois DeBerry commented, “If we are going to come together, we must learn to tolerate each other and stick together. Men work to win the next election. But, women work for the next generation.” The conference ended with a panel of Kentucky girls, ages 12 to 16, and Nancy Gruver, founder and publisher of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams, encouraging women to serve as mentors for the younger generation. Johanna Thomas, 15, of Lexington, who is set on becoming the first African-American woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice, commented, “Don’t put down your daughters’ dreams just because you think they’re unachievable.”


Lexington Herald-Leader - June 3, 1997

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