Women's Foundation Statement on Gov. Laura Kelly Inauguration

Laura Kelly will be third woman governor in Kansas state history

January 14, 2019

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KANSAS CITY -- The Women's Foundation today commended Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on being sworn in as the 48th governor of Kansas. Gov. Kelly will be the third woman to occupy the governor’s office in state history.

“As an organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity at all levels, we’re thrilled that a woman is once again taking the helm of the state’s highest office and setting another strong example for other women leaders to follow,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation.

“Women in leadership should be the norm, not the exception – and Governor Kelly’s inauguration gets us one step closer to closing the gap once and for all. Our research has shown that when more women are in leadership positions it increases public trust in government, boosts efficiency, and improves the lives of residents. We look forward to working with Governor Kelly and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to improve the lives of women across the region.”

In 2014, the Women’s Foundation launched the Appointments Project® to increase the number of women serving on public boards and commissions in state and local government. To date, nearly 100 women have been appointed through the program, bringing new voices to decision-making tables throughout Kansas and Missouri.

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change. More information about the organization can be found at www.Womens-Foundation.org.