The Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women, headed by District 6 Councilwoman Carol Berz (center), will host the first Statewide Women’s Policy Conference. (Photo: Staff)

The Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women will host a statewide conference that aims to inspire women to take a bigger role in politics.

“The Council for Women is advancing families across Tennessee by removing barriers that keep people from leading the life of their choosing,” Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a prepared statement. “By having more women involved in developing policy, we can ensure legislation reflects the needs of women in Chattanooga and across our state.”

The goal of the Statewide Women’s Policy Conference is to teach women about the current legislation that affects them and inspire new policy initiatives that could impact their future. The conference will cover topics such as¬†economic self-sufficiency, increased political awareness and engagement, issues of health and well-being, and work/family challenges.

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“The time has come for women across the state to take responsibility for the policy decisions that impact them and their families,” District 6 City Councilwoman and Conference Chair Carol Berz said in a prepared statement. “This conference is another way the mayor’s council is bringing women together to discuss genuine solutions to the real problems facing all women.”

This conference comes after the Institute for Women’s Policy Research issued a report card on women’s status within Tennessee. In the report card, Tennessee scored a D- for political participation, a C- for employment and earnings, a D for work and family, a D for poverty and opportunity, a D- for reproductive¬†rights and a D- for health and well-being.

The Statewide Women’s Policy Conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Westin at 801 Pine St.

Those interested in the conference can register here.

The registration fee for the event is $135. A discount is available for students. The conference is also accepting payment for those who would like to sponsor a woman to attend.

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