Two women who were “firsts” in politics will be honored as “Leading Women” by others in their field.
South Carolina’s new governor and a Democratic lawmaker who served at the front of the civil rights movement, will be honored April 1 by the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, a non-partisan group which tries to recruit women of any party for political leadership.
Governor Nikki Haley, the first female and minority to be elected Governor of South Carolina, will be honored as the Institute’s “Republican Leading Woman” and the Hon. Lucille Simmons Whipper, activist and the first woman of color elected to the South Carolina Legislature from the Charleston area, will be the Democratic honoree. Both women forged the way to capture public leadership roles in what had been predominately male-held positions.Haley’s transition team has also worked closely with the Institute to identify women with the right skills and experience to serve on state boards and commissions.
Former Rep. Whipper has held multiple regional and state offices and was named one of “Charleston’s 100 Most Influential since 1670” by the Charleston Magazine.
Currently, a little more than nine percent of the elected representatives in South Carolina legislature are women, yet women represent 51% of the state’s population.