Internet Explorer 11 is not supported

For optimal browsing, we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

The Women Leading the First Study of Diversity in State and Local Government [Episode 15]

"Most local governments are run by white men, so there hasn’t needed to be a conversation about what diversity looks like."

We’re doing something a little different on this episode. Instead of chatting with a woman in state or local office, we talked to two women studying female representation in state and local government.

Libby Seguin and Lauren Stott are both graduate students leading the nation's first comprehensive look at the gender, age, race and veteran status of all executive positions in state and local office. 

It's nearly impossible to find out exactly how diverse local public leadership is. But along with the nonprofit Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), Sequin and Stott are trying to fix that.

And apparently, this is something a lot of people care about. ELGL didn't have the money for the project, so it created a Kickstarter campaign, and with the help of donations, it raised more than $26,000.

In this episode of "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government," Seguin and Stott discuss why data like this is needed and how they hope it will bring about change.

"Most local governments are run by white men," Seguin says, "so there hasn’t needed to be a conversation about what diversity looks like."

Listen below. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher, and check out our archives.


*CORRECTION: The original version of this misrepresented the timeline of the project.

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
Special Projects
Sponsored Stories
Workplace safety is in the spotlight as government leaders adapt to a prolonged pandemic.
While government employees, students and the general public had to wait in line for hours in the beginning of the pandemic, at-home test kits make it easy to diagnose for the novel coronavirus in less than 30 minutes.
Governments around the nation are working to design the best vaccine policies that keep both their employees and their residents safe. Although the latest data shows a variety of polarizing perspectives, there are clear emerging best practices that leading governments are following to put trust first: creating policies that are flexible and provide a range of options, and being in tune with the needs and sentiments of their employees so that they are able to be dynamic and accommodate the rapidly changing situation.
Service delivery and the individual experience within health and human services (HHS) is often very siloed and fragmented.
In this episode, Marianne Steger explains why health care for Pre-Medicare retirees and active employees just got easier.
Government organizations around the world are experiencing the consequences of plagiarism firsthand. A simple mistake can lead to loss of reputation, loss of trust and even lawsuits. It’s important to avoid plagiarism at all costs, and government organizations are held to a particularly high standard. Fortunately, technological solutions such as iThenticate allow government organizations to avoid instances of text plagiarism in an efficient manner.
Creating meaningful citizen experiences in a post-COVID world requires embracing digital initiatives like secure and ethical data sharing, artificial intelligence and more.
GHD identified four themes critical for municipalities to address to reach net-zero by 2050. Will you be ready?
As more state and local jurisdictions have placed a priority on creating sustainable and resilient communities, many have set strong targets to reduce the energy use and greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with commercial and residential buildings.