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Posted on: January 17, 2023

Mayor Arnold and United WE Partner to Appoint More Women to Boards and Commissions

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The City of Webster Groves and United WE today announce their collaborative partnership to increase the number of women on local boards and commissions through the Appointments Project®. Started in 2014, the Appointments Project® has successfully facilitated the appointment of more than 180 women on boards and commissions. 

“I’ve seen first-hand the need to increase gender parity and better drive representation across civic leadership to ensure that we’re drawing on the talents and diversity of all our residents,” Laura Arnold, Mayor of Webster Groves said. “Our partnership with United WE and Appointments Project® is strengthening our city by increasing the number of women, including women of color, who are at the decision-making table of their communities.”

United WE’s Appointments Project® serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead their communities and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The award-winning approach guides women through the process of applying for these positions and suggests applicants for appointment.

“Our research showed us that women don’t become civically engaged because they weren’t being asked. As a result, we created the Appointments Project® so local boards and commissions could reflect the communities they serve,” said Wendy Doyle, United WE President & CEO. “With the help of partners like Mayor Arnold, we are addressing the gender disparities in local leadership and are able to make real changes in our communities.” 

The Appointments Project® fills a critical need in creating a pathway to more equitable and inclusive representation. Approximately 37% of registrants are women of color. Based on a growing number of success stories and city partnerships, the pipeline of women leaders is growing rapidly across the country. 

A public training event is planned for Monday, February 6, at 12 p.m. with local community partners Alliance for Interracial Dignity, National Women’s Political Caucus, Forward Together in Action, Webster Groves School District, North Webster Neighborhood Coalition, League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, and Webster Groves Rock Hill Shrewsbury Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in attending can register online here: https://united-we.org/events/ap-webstergroves

“We encourage and invite everyone to learn more and join us in unlocking women’s potential for civic leadership,” Mayor Arnold said.

To learn more about the Appointments Project® visit www.united-we.org/appointments-project.  

About United WE

United WE (United Women’s Empowerment) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance all women’s economic and civic leadership. Since 1991, United WE has overcome systemic barriers to women’s economic development and civic leadership by investing in research, advocacy, and policy solutions. We have conducted 21 meaningful research studies, advocated for issues resulting in 47 policy actions, and supported more than 175 civic appointments. Our work positively impacts hundreds of thousands of women and families by commissioning transformative research, scaling our fast-growing Appointments Project®, advocating for reforms that honor the legacies of women, and contributing to policy solutions that advance equal pay, paid family leave, affordable childcare and occupational licensing; and aid in fighting against sexual harassment. Unite with us. Visit www.united-we.org and connect with @UnitedWeEmpower on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About United WE’s Appointments Project®

United WE’s fast-growing Appointments Project® is a research-based, tested and systematic approach that has resulted in more than 175 women being appointed to civic boards and commissions. Through a landmark study, United WE identified the barriers causing women to be underrepresented on civic boards and commissions and established the Appointments Project® in 2014. The Appointments Project® empowers women and strengthens communities by increasing the gender diversity of civic boards and commissions to better reflect the communities they serve. In addition to increasing gender diversity, the project emphasizes increasing racial equity on civic boards and commissions among women, with women of color representing 37% of registrants. For more information, please visit www.united-we.org/appointments-project or follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram). 

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