Women's Foundation launches Appointments Project in Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Women's Foundation launched its' Appointment Project for the city of Topeka on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The project encourages more women to seek positions on city boards and commissions.

The goal is to increase women's chances of being appointed and improve gender equality in government offices.

Research conducted by the Women's Foundation showed women have the drive and desire to serve on board and commission, but feel they aren't qualified for the position.

"Our research shows the number one reason that women aren't civically engaged is they want to be asked to serve, so that's part of the appointments project too," said Wendy Doyle, CEO and President of the Women's Foundation. "We offer training so that we can start to build confidence in women so that they can step forward and feel confident about serving."

Topeka will work to identify good candidates for city leadership positions by increasing awareness of open board positions.

Topeka is the ninth community in Kansas and Missouri to launch the Women's Foundation Appointments Project program.