Discussion on role of women in politics
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10/03/08 Arielle Stevenson
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Today in Tampa, USF held its third annual Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Conference. The forum on the role of women in politics featured four prominent women experienced in the field of politics: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner, attorney Mary Anne Stiles and former state House representative Sandra Murman.

The four used brutal honesty in all their answers and didn’t sugar coat any of the realities of being a woman in the political area. Attorney and lobbyist Mary Anne Stiles says the intense microscope the press places on politicians' personal lives have hindered some from running.

The panel’s four women, two of whom are Republicans and two are Democrats and all of whom come from different backgrounds within the political arena. Kiki Caruson, the forum’s moderator and a USF political science professor, asked them what it would take to put a woman in the presidency. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio says it’s a matter of having the “complete package.”

Former state Rep. Sandra Murman says a woman president will happen when there is equality of females in the all the other political arenas on state and national levels.

Sen. Arthenia Joyner says politicians like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin have made it easier for women to run; but it will take more than that to take the presidency.

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