Chaired by Barbara Moxon the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions focused on addressing the disparity between women and men in the workplace, particularly in high profile positions. Focusing on the issue from a non-partisan standpoint, the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions felt that such an issue could be corrected by reconstituting the makeup of the boards of many public institutions, most specifically universities. In explaining the necessity of such a group, the pamphlet states:
“Believing women were under represented on public boards, the S.C. Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1989 began a project to change the situation. Subsequent research showed that many significant boards and commissions whose decisions greatly impacted women and children had no women, or only one.
AAUW believed that the operation of our state agencies and institutions would be improved if the abilities, experience and insights of women (over half of S.C.’s population) were better utilized.
An AAUW Task Force directed the project until 1991 when the groups supporting the project agree there was sufficient interest and more potential for change if an independent organization was formed. Thus the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions was born.”
Focusing on creating a group of advocates the S.C. Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions included memberships. The membership rate for an individual was $10.00, while an organization could join for $35.00. The pamphlet suggests that among other benefits, those who joined would be provided with “the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping advance women and improve our state.”
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