Mayor's Council for Women
About the Mayor's Council for Women
The Mayor’s Council for Women was first announced by Mayor Andy Berke at his 2015 State of the City Address. The Council was tasked by Mayor Berke with making policy recommendations about issues affecting women within Chattanooga and across the region.
In addition, the Mayor enlisted the help of State Representative JoAnne Favors and Chattanooga City Council Chair Dr. Carol Berz as the co-chairs for the inaugural Council. Representative Favors and Dr. Berz established a framework for the development of the Council to allow women from all walks of life and professions to participate. The Council consists of six committees organized around broad categories – Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, History, Justice, and Leadership. Each committee has at least two organizers and approximately a dozen members.
About Our Committees
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Made up of two workgroups, Financial Independence and Transportation; EO's mission is to improve the economic opportunity and status of women in Chattanooga. Our vision is that Chattanooga will be the City that sets the bar for true economic equality for women within five years. Economic self-sufficiency and autonomy are essential for true equality for women. Chattanooga has an opportunity to set an example for the rest of the nation. Furthermore, this Team’s work will seek to show investing in women will benefit families, employers, and our City.
Including the Healthy Sexuality workgroup, Education challenges Chattanoogans to work together under the leadership of Mayor Andy Berke to effect lasting change that removes barriers for more girls and women to complete postsecondary education so they can become partners in our great city’s economic growth.
Made up of two workgroups, Telling her Stories and Suffragette Monument; History's mission is to 1) create and/or increase awareness of women’s role in the history of our city, 2) recognize the impact that specific women have had on Chattanooga’s development into a modern city, and 3) design, commission, fund and install a visible reminder of the leadership Chattanooga women provided to Tennessee’s pivotal action in the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Justice is working on several issues that relate to justice for women as they navigate several very different aspects of our legal system. Our goal is to improve our legal system to address some inequities that women face. We have identified several specific areas to address; women, domestic violence, and eviction are among them.
Healthcare has identified a primary obstacle to improving the health status of women in Chattanooga: a lack of apparent connectivity between all local healthcare resources. The ability to track resources is critical both to make those resources more readily available but also to identify gaps that need to be addressed.
Leadership's goal is to promote women as leaders within the City of Chattanooga. The group is focusing on three areas of work: Women in Leadership: Board and Commission Service; Women (and Men who Support Women’s Issues) in Political Office; and Education and Encouragement to Mentor Women Leaders.