The number of women in major political positions is disproportionately low in the United States. They make up around 19 percent of all members of congress and less than 25 percent of all state legislatures. In spite of this, Jacksonville has seen success in women becoming leaders.
Northeast Florida has seen multiple women win municipal elections, engage in activism, and campaign for elected office. In 2017, women won all of the open elected positions in Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach. GlobalJax is happy to support these individuals and promote meetings between them and our international participants.
Newly elected Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser and City Commissioners Brittany Norris and Candace Kelly are more than willing to speak with international leaders about the current political climate. They can also discuss their experience and motivations as women in running for public office.
In addition to these ladies, Jacksonville elected Anna Brosche to be the new Jacksonville City Council President in 2017. Brosche is the first Asian-American elected to City Council office and the first Filipino City Council member in Florida. She is a great resource to be able to speak with in regards to how her status as a minority and as a women informed and influenced her campaign.