Chafee win plaudits for advancing women in RI government

Oct 21, 2013

Gov. Lincoln Chafee may be a lame duck but he is getting some love from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020 for his appointments of women to Rhode Island state boards and commissions.

The report by the advocates of women in government shows that women now hold 34 percent of state commission and board appointments. Since taking office Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 total appointments.

That 34 percent figure is in sharp contrast to the 15 percent representation of women in 2011 when Chafee took office from Gov. Donald Carcieri.

``I am pleased to announce that the governor continues to have a strong record of appointing women to cabinet level positions, state boards and commissions. More than 75 percent of the boards we monitor have women serving on them,’’ said Marcia Cone, ceo of the women’s fund.

Three years ago,  Chafee signed a pledge to increase the number of women serving in government, through a Women’s Fund initiative called the Rhode Island Governments Appointments Project, which monitors the representation of women in state government.

``As governor, I am thrilled to have been able to keep my promise to tilt the scales of state government in favor of gender equality,’’ Chafee said in a statement.