Women’s Connection mobilizes statewide effort
By Debbie Dalhouse
South Carolina ranks 50th in the nation for women elected to state office, 48th for women’s life expectancy, 39th for women earning college degrees, and first for women killed by domestic partners.
To improve these statistics, the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development initiated the SC Women’s Connection, a statewide organization to improve economic opportunity and quality of life by advancing the status of women through research, teaching, and service programs.
The inaugural meeting in October was chaired by First Lady Jenny Sanford in Florence. Since then more than 1,500 women have been educated on the status of women in the state. The initiative is directed by community development agents Jennifer Boyles and Beth Stedman. The next statewide meeting is April 9 in Columbia, featuring former US Congresswoman Elizabeth J. Patterson.