Missouri State Senator Jolie Justus will speak out about women in politics at William Woods University on Thursday, April 15.
In Missouri, women make up only 22 percent of the legislature, while the national average is 25 percent.
This is why Justus, one of the nine women in the state senate out of 34 senators, plans to share her experience with students, faculty and the community at 3 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.
Justus will also discuss what is currently happening in Missouri politics and how it directly affects the women of Missouri.
“I think that people may not realize how important politics are and how they relate to their life. Since the legislature is 78 percent male, laws are mostly made by men,” said Mary Mosley, assistant professor of Spanish, who invited Justus to speak at WWU.
“I just wanted to hear how she feels about that and hear what she has been able to accomplish. Has it been frustrating or rewarding? I think she’s very smart and has been able to do some things that I didn’t think she could.”
Justus was elected to the state senate in 2006. Since that time she has been a leading advocate for children, reproductive rights and crime victims. She has also been an outspoken supporter of educational rights for children in foster care.
She serves on several committees: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections; Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence; Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics; Seniors, Families and Public Health; Joint Committee on Legislative Research; Children’s Services, and Court Automation. She is also one of two senators appointed to the President Pro Tem’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism.
A Democrat, Senator Justus lives in downtown Kansas City and represents the 10th district, which includes much of Kansas City and the city of Grandview.