One month since its inception, the South Carolina Gubernatorial Appointments Project (SC GAP) is well-underway with 100 resumes from women across the state applying for positions on state boards and commissions.
While governors blame the lack of female appointments on a lack of qualified female candidates, SC GAP’s goal is to eliminate that excuse.
Carole Cato, First Vice-President of the League of Women Voters and Advocacy Chair for the state, says:
We have talents, and we need to use them in this society. There’s no need to ever waste human capital, and in this state we see lots of it going down the drain.
Pam Craig, president of the Columbia area of the League of Women Voters, offers some numbers:
Women make up more than 51 percent of the population of South Carolina, are more than 55 percent of the registered voters, and yet we are underrepresented at all levels of government. South Carolina is 50th in the nation for the number of women holding elected office.
While SC GAP is very pleased with the resumes they’ve already received, Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics treasurer, Barbara Rackes, says they are hoping for more applicants in areas that are not traditional careers for women, such as agriculture, transportation, and engineering.
As Cato expresses, their goal is fixed:
Until we get that critical number–that critical mass–of women elected to the state legislature in both houses, we will never, never achieve equity in the state of South Carolina.
SC GAP is a project of the Southeastern Institute of Women in Politics, a non-partisan advocacy group.