SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia ranks second to last out of all the states when it comes to electing women to state and federal office, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
Tuesday, a political action committee with a goal of empowering women to seek office held an event at the Beach Institute, with Georgia's House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams giving the keynote speech.
The Georgia WIN List, or Women in Numbers List, is a committee lobbying to change power in Georgia by getting pro-choice Democratic women into the state house and senate.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams told the audience there are often three hurdles women in Georgia have to overcome before making a run at public office, especially to the state and federal level. Self-confidence and finances were two of the obstacles mentioned, which fund-raising speaking events like Tuesday's help serve as a "two birds, one stone" solution for the women Georgia's WIN List looks to support.
The other obstacle mentioned by Representative Abrams was geography.
"When we look at the makeup of the state legislature, when we find women in office, they're often from the big city. They're often from Atlanta, which is the major city in the State of Georgia. But the reality is, women are powerful no matter where they are, and we cannot allow geography to limit their ambition and to limit their capacity to serve. We need more women running from across the state of Georgia, this is a state of 159 counties. There is no reason that half of the Georgia legislature shouldn't be comprised of women," said Rep. Abrams.
As it stands, a little more than 20 percent of the state legislature spots belong to women, and there are no women representing Georgia in the U.S. House or Senate.
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