KC Star: Project to appoint women to Kansas City commissions and boards gains steam

By Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star

Published December 23, 2014

The voices of seven women have been added to Kansas City commissions or boards since the April launch of the Appointments Project.

The joint effort of the Kansas City Women’s Foundation and Mayor Sly James is designed to change the results of a previous study showing that women accounted for only one-third of the members of Kansas City’s civic commissions and boards.

The mayor announced this week that he has appointed Janelle Bailey, an attorney, to the Kansas City Municipal Officials Ethics Commission and Sarah Martin-Anderson, a health administration professor, to the Kansas City Health Commission.

Women’s Foundation president and chief executive Wendy Doyle led the creation of the Appointments Project to recruit and make women more aware of the opportunities for civic service. The project, in turn, suggests candidates to the city.