PASCO COUNTY NOW (National Organization for Women)

Chapter Number FL 0365

Pasco County NOW is dedicated to making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.


From the President - Elaine Togneri

This month’s column is a letter I submitted to the County Commissioners and the Tampa Bay Times.

Dear Editor:

The Pasco County Commissioners have formed a Charter Review Commission that fails to properly represent the diversity of our county. Since the BOCC took responsibility for forming the CRC, it was their responsibility to ensure that the voices of all citizens be included.

According to census data, women are 51.4% of Pasco’s population, yet men make up 94% of the CRC’s membership. There is only a single woman on it. Equally troubling is the lack of ethnic and racial diversity, however, the gender disparity is most numerically significant. Since each Commissioner had two appointees, choosing one male and one female could easily have provided a more equitable makeup.

What are the girls growing up in Pasco to think when they see themselves barely represented in our government? Where are their role models? And what about Pasco’s successful women who work in real estate, the law, and insurance like other appointees? Are none of them qualified to be on the CRC? What are they to think when they are not even considered? Studies have proven that including women yields benefits by increasing a group’s “collective intelligence” and “performance.” Is Pasco doomed to remain an “old boy’s network” trapping us in some type of misogynistic time warp? Isn’t it time to “lean in?”

The Pasco County National Organization for Women works to ensure that women are respected and that means being included in all arenas of American society. I regret that our appeal to two Commissioners to consider demographics when making appointments did not have the hoped for results. We urge local government officials to be more judicious in future appointments.

Elaine Togneri


Pasco County NOW

In SIsterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

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