The Future of Women in Civic Engagement

The Future of Women in Civic Engagement
Marilyn F. Solomon
Marilyn F. Solomon
President, Solomon Leadership Foundation

Solomon Leadership Foundation (SLF) is a non-profit civic engagement think tank dedicated to advocating community participation and effective public leadership by convening issues forums, and through the utilization of information technology and social media. In keeping with this mission, SLF is launching a study about the current and future role of women in civic engagement and public leadership. Using Greater Los Angeles/Long Beach/Southern California as a template, the study seeks to map the dynamics shaping the future of women in civic leadership, celebrate women who are innovative and visionary leaders, and identify the 'best practices' needed by women to be effective civic leaders in the future.

Our mission of civic engagement and public leadership is based on Thomas Erlich's definition: " Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes."
Excerpts from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000. - Preface, page vi

This excerpt describes the publicly involved person: "A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate." - Introduction, page xxvi

The women we seek for the study will be from the public and private sectors, education, media and entertainment, labor, the professions, the political arena, business, law enforcement/ judicial, volunteers -- all with one commonality, they are demonstrably engaged in the civic life of their communities. Such a woman may be a non profit CEO or staffer, a corporate community outreach executive, a volunteer, an activist, a government administrator, a student.

If you are a woman civic engagement leader go to the Get Involved page and register. We want you to be part of this important research project.