Course Aims to Increase Women in Mississippi Politics

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Jackson, Miss.

Organizers of a leadership course for college students say they're trying to increase the number of women in Mississippi politics.

Twenty-six female students from in-state universities and community colleges are taking part in the bipartisan course this week at Mississippi University for Women.

On Thursday, they're meeting at the state Capitol with state Treasurer Lynn Fitch and other officials.

Mississippi is one of four states that have never elected a woman to the U.S. House or Senate. That's according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Women make up 51 percent of Mississippi's population and hold 17 percent of the seats in the state Legislature.

The course was developed by Rutgers and is sponsored by MUW and the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership.