A stunning statistic caught our eye, Mississippi is one of the only states in the county that has yet to elect a woman to congress or serve as governor.
WREG asked politically involved women what’s keeping them from entering the big races.
Coria Williams was one of first female police officers in Memphis, and the only woman to run for Mayor of Southaven in the last election.
Williams said, “Women have been kept in the background. Be seen and not heard. Even when it comes to decisions that affect women.”
But it’s women, she says, who didn’t stand behind her in the mayoral race.
“Monetary help, stuff like that,” She said, “But as far as coming out to a rally where they would be seen some of them hesitated.”
Mississippi has all men representing the state in Washington.
Pat Hamilton will tell you a lot of politically charged women helped get them there, “I think the roots of it are grass roots.”
She’s part of the DeSoto County Republican Women’s group.
They educate women about the GOP, but it’s no coincidence a lot of names on their attendance sheet find their way to the ballot.
“We get younger women involved so they can step into these positions when it’s available,” said Hamilton who serves as an alderman in Olive Branch.
She said women are a powerful force on a campaign, and more of them are stepping forward to take the lead, “I see in many other states where women have just stepped over that line, and taken that chance. I think Mississippi is ready.”
Democrats and Republicans actually agree on this idea.
They want to see more women fight for their seat at the table in Jackson, and Washington.
Its all about leading by example according to Williams, “People need to see that it can be done, and there’s a need for it.”