March is Women's History Month. One of the most monumental events in U.S. history was the passage of the 19th Amendment after a 70-year battle for women's suffrage. Despite women representing 54 percent of the voters in 2008, only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress is made up of women. North Carolina is slightly better: Women hold 39 out of the 120 seats in the state House of Representatives.
However, there's hope we can do better: Today, more talented women volunteer for public service, like Patsy Keever, a Democratic candidate for the state house. Patsy is a Duke graduate, was a teacher for 25 years and a member of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. She understands the environmental concerns of Western North Carolinians and the universal challenges in public education and the economy. She was recently endorsed by the Women's Campaign Forum, a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to gender parity in government.
Women and men should vote for Keever both in the primary in May and in the general election. The perspective and experience of women like Patsy is too important to be ignored. In March, we remember women's history and struggle, and in May, we can vote for Keever as part of women's and North Carolina's future.
— Asia James