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Bipartisan Resolution Aims To Get More Women In Top Business Leadership Roles

Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) speaks about a proposal calling for more women in leadership positions and is joined by Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), left, and Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), second from the left.
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Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) speaks about a proposal calling for more women in leadership positions and is joined by Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), left, and Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), second from the left.

In 2016, women represented more than 44% of the labor force in Ohio but just slightly more than 20% of the seats on boards of Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Ohio. To change that, Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bipartisan resolution they think will help.

Republican state Rep. Sara Carruthers credits Ohio’s top leader for creating more gender equity.

“Gov. DeWine has more women in his cabinet than any prior governor," Carruthers says.

Democratic state Rep. Thomas West says the resolution the group is backing would encourage businesses to follow suit.

“One of the things we don’t want to do is mandate a business on what they need to do," West says.

Still, Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo says businesses that have put women in top roles reap benefits.

“Including greater innovation, higher employee retention and satisfaction, more business opportunity," Russo says.

Previous resolutions similar to this have failed, but lawmakers hope this one will pass since state leaders themselves are on board with women in leadership roles.