By Delilah Rose- Student Correspondent
Last Thursday, Barbara Lawton, and many other local women politicians gathered at the Sturgeon Bay Union Supper Pub in recognition of the gender percentage of office holders. This was not a women-exclusive group; all community members were invited to listen in on how to support female politicians.
Currently, in Door County, women are primarily outweighed in almost every representative position. The Town chair and the Village Presidents are solely men. Barbara Lawton, former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, recognized many current local women politicians and addressed the need for female representation.
From one question asked about how to develop and demonstrate confidence, Barbara Lawton said “Do something to set you apart, that you demonstrate confidence to have your own style. For me, I have seen women who have not had to wear clothes that look androgynous and behave in a certain way in order to be leaders to the community, that’s a really important thing, to know that your style is yours and that it is an expression of strength and confidence.”
Lawton also said that she did not enter into politics until she received an invitation. At this event, Lawton formally invited all local women to take part in their local government. There is no need to wait to be invited any longer, the invitation has been extended. It’s also been accepted by local leaders such as Door County Supervisor Megan Lundahl.
(photo: Former Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Delilah Rose)