Women Mayors’ Network

In partnership with Equity Agenda, we launched the Women Mayors’ Network during the Winter 2020 Policy Meeting. The Network continues to meet remotely both for conversations facilitated by the Mayors Innovation Project and Equity Agenda, as well as informally for events hosted by members. Please reach out to us if you would like to join this network or join the Women Mayors’ Network mailing list to be connected to other women mayors across the country.

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Opportunity: Policing Cohort

This Fall, we’re inviting members of the Women Mayors’ Network to join our first-ever policing reform cohort. Women mayors face unique challenges when working with male-dominated departments. Goals for the cohort include:

  1. understanding where and how systemic change around policing is possible;
  2. supporting mayors in exploring options for changes to policing in their cities, including co-creating a set of desirable policy changes; and
  3. considering how we might extend our advocacy to other spaces and levels of government.

This cohort is open to anyone within the Women Mayors’ Network who has direct oversight of their police department. Contact Ceri Jenkins to learn more.

Why a Network for Women Mayors?

Women mayors within our network have consistently expressed the need for a space where they can speak candidly, learn from each other, and gain the skills necessary to succeed amidst the challenges that sexism creates for all women, but in particular for women in leadership roles. We are excited to offer a space for mayors who identify as women to connect with each other.

Group of over 20 women mayors sitting and smilingThe Women Mayors’ Network provides women mayors with the opportunity to:

  • Explore the context and issues that affect the success of women mayors in their roles, with an initial focus on the specific experience of women in executive leadership (as opposed to more legislative roles).
  • Prioritize equity, representation, and intersectionality and understand how gender and race can be explored together.
  • Provide vetted high road policy options around intersectional/gender equity for all MIP members.
  • Inform the broader MIP membership network by providing resources to allies to help them interrupt sexism and racism, address equity concerns and support their colleagues’ leadership.

Contact

Please contact Ceri Jenkins, Co-Managing Director, for more information (cerijenkins@mayorsinnovation.org, 608-262-5176).