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Commissions on Women Declare Partnership

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“The progress of our nation is inextricably tied to the progress of women, and that progress must be seen in equal opportunities to excel in the classroom and the workplace. It must be evidenced in the ability of women to escape inequality, poverty and violence. On behalf of UK, I am pleased to give full support to the joint effort of the Commissions on Women.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2003) -- A historic first joint meeting of the Kentucky Commission on Women, the University of Kentucky President’s Commission on Women, and the University of Louisville’s Commission on the Status of Women was held today to solidify a partnership to increase the economic status of Kentucky’s women through higher education.

“The progress of our nation is inextricably tied to the progress of women, and that progress must be seen in equal opportunities to excel in the classroom and the workplace. It must be evidenced in the ability of women to escape inequality, poverty and violence. On behalf of UK, I am pleased to give full support to the joint effort of the Commissions on Women,” said Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr., president of the University of Kentucky. (For complete text of Todd’s remarks, click here.)

“The Kentucky Commission on Women is very excited about this new development in our ongoing efforts to improve the status of women,” said Kentucky Commission on Women Chair Hannah Hume Baird. “Building coalitions with other organizations is key to fulfilling our mission to strengthen Kentucky by strengthening Kentucky women.”First Lady Judi Patton, a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women, said to commission members at the meeting, “If Kentucky women are to succeed, then all women must have access to higher education, economic opportunities, health care, child care, and freedom from fear in their homes.”

During the meeting, members discussed ways in which the commissions can work together toward their common goals. The commissions agreed that increasing opportunities for female faculty, staff, and students on Kentucky’s university and college campuses – including ensuring safe and equal access to education and employment – are among the highest priorities. The commissions held a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda immediately following the meeting. They committed their support to the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on the Economic Status of Women, released in the report “A New Vision for Kentucky” in June 2003. Those recommendations address issues such as advancement opportunities for women; campus safety; sexual harassment; the availability of childcare resources for faculty, students and staff; and the advancement of women in science and technology fields.

"Since 1995, the Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Louisville has monitored the university's progress toward the goals set forth in the 1994 Report of the Task Force on the Status of Women. Trust and cooperation between the administration and the Commission have truly changed the climate for women at U of L,” said U of L President Dr. Jim Ramsey. "The University of Louisville is proud to take part in this historic event, as we work together to make the future a bright one for all of Kentucky's women."

Over 70 members of the commissions attended the joint meeting and the press conference. Governor Paul Patton and First Lady Judi Patton welcomed the commission members to the Governor’s Mansion following the meeting.

Learn more about the commissions at these Web addresses: Kentucky Commission on Women, (visit this site for “A New Vision for Kentucky”); University of Kentucky President’s Commission on Women; and
University of Louisville Commission on the Status of Women.


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