PROVIDENCE – Women currently hold 34 percent of the appointments for 166 monitored boards and commissions in Rhode Island, according to the third annual RIGAP report.
The report, issued last week by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020, shows Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s commitment to grow the number of women represented in senior state government positions and on boards and commissions, according to a statement. In 2010, the year Chafee was elected, women held 15 percent of the positions. Since taking office, Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 appointments.
Additionally, three of Chafee’s eight senior staffers are female, the report said.
Three years ago, Chafee signed a pledge to increase the number of women serving in government, through a Women’s Fund initiative called Rhode Island Government Appointments Project, or RIGAP, which monitors the representation of women appointed to boards, commissions and cabinet-level positions. •