The Sue Shear Institute

The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is a non-political, non-issue institute focused on making government accessible to all Missouri citizens by encouraging women's full participation in the policy process. The Institute's goal is to help women break down both the external and internal barriers to embracing the rights and responsibilities of a representative democracy.   Key objectives include:

  • Tracking the participation of women at various levels of government
  • Increasing the presence of women appointees on boards and commissions
  • Inspiring college women leaders to exercise civic engagement and pursue positions of public leadership
  • Increasing the number of women employed in policy making positions in government, including the judiciary
  • Encouraging women to seek public office

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