House Resolution 8 – Lawmaker Urges Faith-Based Organizations, Private Organizations to Open Leadership Roles to Women

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Representative Rida Cabanilla (District 42 – Waipahu, Honouliuli, West Loch, Ewa) introduced this 2011 Legislative Session House Resolution 8, which urges all private organizations, including faith-based organizations, to open leadership roles and positions of influence to women.

“The intent of this resolution is to open to young women, career paths that are generally dominated by men, which includes leadership career paths in religious clergies and ministries,” said Rep. Rida Cabanilla. “Women have made great strides in breaking and surpassing the gender ‘glass ceiling’ and I want to further support this progress. As a legislator, military officer, and medical professional, leadership positions dominated by men have been apparent and often.”

The resolution highlights the late Patsy Mink’s accomplishments in passing Title IX, which secures equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. However, it also points outs the fact that “those institutions impacting the social and moral development of the people, are inconsistent” with the efforts and fundamental principles of the state and federal government.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Executive Director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, and President of Interfaith Alliance Hawaii.

The resolution has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

House Resolution 8

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