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Lepore-Hagan elected as Vice Chair of Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus

Lawmaker seeks to improve women's opportunities in government and workforce
March 31, 2017
Democratic Newsroom

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State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) was recently elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC), a position that plays a vital role in advancing the caucus’s agenda. 

“I am honored to be elected to this leadership position by my colleagues to help advance more Ohio women,” said Lepore-Hagan. “It is so important for each and every woman to have equal opportunities and representation at home, at work and more importantly: at the state level. I look forward to working with those that share this sentiment to help build a better and brighter future for women across the state.”

The OHDWC develops key policy initiatives relating to women’s rights, including access to comprehensive healthcare, equal pay for equal work and protections from domestic abusers, among others. The caucus hosts several advocacy events throughout the year, including Equal Pay Day on April 4 this year and the annual Women’s Lobby Day.

While women make up over half of America’s population and workforce, they are still disproportionately underrepresented in many other areas. During the previous Ohio General Assembly, only 24 percent of lawmakers were women, including 27 percent of women lawmakers in the House chamber and only 15 percent of women lawmakers in the Senate chamber.

The mission of the OHDWC is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify and support emerging women leaders by serving as mentors; to educate and empower women; and to increase women’s involvement in public life and in the Ohio General Assembly.