Report Shows Idaho Boards, Commissions Lack Women
BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) - A new study shows that Idaho's state-appointed boards and commissions are mostly made up of men, and the 30 percent of women appointees disproportionately serve in roles traditionally classified as "feminine," such as those related to children and families.
The Spokesman-Review reports the research provided by two Boise State University professors was presented at Boise's Women and Leadership Conference earlier this month.
The report shows that more than half of women appointments served on state boards with roles classified as "feminine." Only 16 percent of women appointees served on boards with roles classified as "masculine," which included commerce, finance and natural resources.
The study comes as Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb of Boise drafts legislation to encourage gender equality in appointments. She says state boards aren't reflective of Idaho's demographics.