Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a talk recently about how there are too few women leaders. She said that out of 190 heads of state, nine are women. Out of all of the worlds parliaments 13% are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top in C-level or board positions top out at 15-16%. Sandberg says that even in the nonprofit sector, a place we think of having a lot of women leaders, we see the same thing. Only 20% of non profits are led by women. These are sobering statistics. But, at least when it comes to elected office, we have the power to change them.
Pam Bucy gives us the opportunity to elect a woman become Montana’s Attorney General for the first time in state history–one of only six in the U.S.
Bucy is the best candidate to go up against Tim Fox in the general election. First because women make up more than half the population. They vote more often than men–both in primary and general elections. Having a woman on the ticket will help turn out women voters–and that helps all democrats because women are much more likely to vote for them than for Republicans.
But the greatest reason that Pam Bucy is the best candidate to put against Tim Fox is her vast legal experience.
Bucy has been an attorney in private practice. She’s been the Chief Legal Council for the Montana Department of Labor–an agency with more than 600 employees. She spent four years as a county prosecutor with the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s Office. For more than seven years she served as Chief Deputy Attorney General to Mike McGrath–the highest law enforcement official in the state– running the Department of Justice. She has been in the courtroom in public and private practice. She has worked with the Legislature. She has managed large agencies, and she has been instrumental in making legal and policy decisions that affect the entire state.
I know Democrats will get behind whomever wins the AG Primary next week, but Pam has the most knowledge and the experience to win in November and to hold the office of Attorney General.