Diversity and Women Running for Public Office in Lakewood - Women's March Cleveland

The third Women's March Cleveland will take place this Saturday, January 19th at Public Square. This year, the organizers are hoping to increase diversity.

I am honored to have an opportunity to speak this year, and to add my thoughts about Latina’s and women running for office.

Women are underrepresented in our national and local governments despite earning almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees, 60 percent of all master’s degrees, comprising 47% of the U.S. labor force and making up 50.8% of the U.S. Population. And according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Hispanics make up about 1% of all elected and appointed officials in the United States despite comprising over 20% of the U.S. Population.

The sacrifices of the women’s suffrage movement underscores the importance of continuing to draw attention to the lack of equity for women at work and at home. And women must continue to play an important part in diversifying the viewpoint and policies of local government.

One of the principle reasons residents give as why they were drawn to Lakewood is our diverse community. Not only is Lakewood diverse racially, but is is also diverse in age, gender, and socioeconomics. It is important that Lakewood City Council reflect a diverse representation of the communities they serve: And this one of the principle reasons why I am running for Lakewood City Council in Ward 1.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women comprise the majority of the population in Lakewood (50.8%). Out of the seven representatives on Lakewood City Council, only 1 representative is a woman. My vision for leadership in Lakewood is that our elected representatives reflect our diverse community and are inclusive of their priorities. I aim to bridge this  gap in representation for women in Lakewood through my candidacy.

I am honored to stand in solidarity with women to advocate for the needs of women.

Laura Rodriguez-Carbone