Thursday, January 16, 2014

CM Gross's staff blog: Lack of transparency and gender equity on local boards

Anne Robinson and Darby Hickey, two staffers in the office of At-large CM David Grosso, recently discussed two problems with boards and commissions in DC in Lack of transparency and gender equity on local boards.   The blog post starts
While preparing for a December hearing to consider nominations to various Boards and Commissions, Councilmember Grosso noticed something— there were far more men than women under consideration for appointment. We found ourselves wondering if this was a coincidence specific to that day and those specific Boards, or if there was a broader trend of gender imbalance. We reviewed the memberships of all the Boards before the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs (BCRA) and then the 150 plus Boards and Commissions citywide. Our question was answered—there are significant and often egregious gender disparities.

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