Women Comprise Majority on Local Boards

Washoe County Commissioners set the process to fill Bill Raggio's State Senate seat.
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RENO, NV -- With elected leaders sworn in, women now comprise the majority on three key governmental boards. Women outnumber men on the Reno City Council, Washoe County Commission and Washoe County School District Board of Trustees.

"Set your mind, set your goals, and if you want to be President of the United States, work in that direction," Marsha Berkbigler, one of the newest Washoe County commissioners, said.

Referring to her time in the business world, Reno councilmember Sharon Zadra said: "I remember too many days when I was the only woman in the board room so it's very good to see women in policy-making decisions."

"I think women as wives and mothers we have a proven track record of solving problems and building consensus in our own homes and everyday lives," Reno councilmember Neoma Jardon said.

"I'm showing my daughter you can have that family and career balance," Reno councilmember Jenny Brekhus said.

A record number of women are now serving in the US Congress. However, they comprise roughly twenty percent of the members and half of the nation's population.

Anne Martin, a resident of Nevada, was the first woman to run for US Senate. Martin lost her 1918 bid, but was known for fighting for women's suffrage.