FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(PHILADELPHIA) March 8, 2012 – Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a resolution calling for hearings on the role of women on Executive Boards of Directors throughoutPhiladelphia. With the backdrop of Women’s History Month, the Councilwoman seeks to start a dialogue about how in 2012, women still represent only 10% of executive board seats in Philadelphia; 16% of board seats nationally, account for only 17% of members of Congress and take home 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts. “With this resolution, we will hold hearings and ask corporate leaders and members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to come testify in this chamber and answer the question: ‘Do you have women at the table?’” says Councilwoman Reynolds Brown. “In politics, there is an old adage that ‘if you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.’ Over the past month, we have seen what happens when women are not at the table. We see public commentary that amounts to an assault on women’s rights take center stage, when it does not even belong in the theater.” The hearing will take place in the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, chaired by Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown is eager to work with Councilman Goode and President Darrell Clarke to schedule the hearing quickly.
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