South Carolina has fewer women in its Legislature than any other state, and no women in the state Senate.
In an effort to help more women run for any elected office in South Carolina, a one-day workshop will be held at the College of Charleston on July 18.
"Nationwide, the average number of women in state legislatures is 24 percent; in South Carolina, we only have 10 percent and all 17 women are in the House (no pun intended)," said Jennet Robinson Alterman in a statement.
Alterman is executive director of Center for Women, one of the sponsors of the workshop called Women in Political Office.
"When more women participate in legislative bodies, it has been shown that women's, children's and family issues receive greater attention to the betterment of our communities," she said.
Workshop topics include:
--Fundamentals of Running a Campaign.
--Pathways to Politics: Judgeships, Boards and Commissions.
--Working With Your Political Party.
--Using the Internet and Technology to Your Political Advantage.
--Speaking From Experience: Valuable Advice From Women Who Have Been Elected to Public Office.
The luncheon keynote speaker will be Nikki Haley, a Republican state House representative from Lexington who has announced her run for governor in 2010. Other speakers include:
--Kelly Adams, 2008 state campaign director for Hillary Clinton and general election director for "Campaign for Change."
--Colleen Condon, Charleston County Council.
--Carol Fowler, South Carolina Democratic Party chair.
--Liz Gilland, Horry County Council chair.
--Kristi Harrington, 9th Circuit judge.
--Linda Ketner, who ran against Henry Brown for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.
--Allison Dean Love, Citadel Board of Visitors.
--Gayla McSwain, Goose Creek Planning Commission and Charleston Regional Development Alliance board of directors.
--Cyndi Mosteller, former first vice chair of the South Carolina Republican Party.
--Phil Noble, international political consultant and founder of PoliticsOnline.
--Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Mount Pleasant Town Council
"We are excited to present this nonpartisan workshop, and I would personally encourage all women who are running for office, contemplating an elected position or want to work on a campaign to attend," Robinson said. "In addition to the educational value learning from women who have sought political office, there will also be incredible networking opportunities."
Other sponsors are the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, College of Charleston, Junior League of Charleston, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area, and S.C. Women's Connection/Clemson Extension Service.