Politics
3:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Gov. Chafee: more high-ranking women in RI government

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gov. Lincoln Chafee has been unable to jump start Rhode Island's stalled economy, but he says he has fulfilled another campaign promise.

Chafee says he has more than doubled the number of women in high ranking state positions as he promised to do when he ran for office.

Under the previous administration, females constituted 15 percent of appointments to state boards, commissions and high level staff. Now it's 33 percent. And Chafee says it wasn't a bit hard to find qualified women to serve.

"Well it's probably easy because of the unacceptably low number that I inherited," says Chafee. "Obviously we wanted to make an impact and fulfill the signature I put on the pledge. Always it's talent rising to the top. That's really the bottom line."

Chafee says there's still work to do in the diversity department. Forty-two state boards and commissions still have no women, while only one panel has no men.

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