Commission on the Status of Women hosts annual education summit

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Women from across the state of Florida participated in the 5th Annual Commission on the Status of Women Education Summit.

One of the main goals, through a number of panels and events, was to inform women about the legislative process and how to get involved.

The chairperson of the commission, Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, says women are under-represented in politics, and need a bigger voice.

She says now is the time to deal with social issues still happening in Florida.

"To be in this time, seeing that some of the same issues that we dealt with in the '70s are the same issues we're dealing with now: paid equity, fairness, jobs, economic issues, across the board. That's why it's so important," Dr. Ziegler said.

State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen spoke Wednesday about her proposed bill on financial literacy. That is also Dr. Ziegler's initiative, to educate young girls and families on the topic.

The #MeToo movement is a big women's issue right now. Dr. Ziegler tells me she's loving the narrative, the solidarity, and the awareness it's bringing about.

The two-day education summit wrapped up Wednesday with a Florida Women's Town Hall. They discussed topics such as how to strengthen local communities.

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