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—Laura van Assendelft & Laura van Assendelft

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 14: Women in Local Government

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Women in Local Government
Women in local government

Despite the glamour and attention given to Washington, it is local governments that have the greatest impact on our daily lives. Local governments develop policy and fund and implement a wide range of programs and services influencing everything from public safety and schools, to recreation and environmental protection. Local politics is also more accessible for participation than any other level of government. The 2007 Census of Governments reported 89,476 units of local government in the United States, including towns and townships, counties, cities, special districts, and school districts ...

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