Thirteen members of ASIS Chapter 119 attended the quarterly Women in Security meeting, which was held Tuesday, September 15, 2015. This meeting was hosted by Roberta Scoblick and Kathryn Burrell at Sunstates Security.
Dr. David McLennan Ph.D., a visiting professor of political science at Meredith College, gave an informative presentation, “Women in North Carolina Politics: The Last Glass Ceiling”. He provided research findings showing that when women seek and serve in political office, whether elected or appointed, they are as successful as their male counterparts.
Much like women in security, women remain severely underrepresented in political offices. Dr. McLennan has found the main reason so few women are in appointed or elected office is not overt discrimination or structural deficiencies in the processes used to appoint or elect candidates to office, but the fact that so few women seek these offices. He has found an increasing frequency: when women run, women win.
While there has been a significant increase in the number of women entering the security sector in the last 30 years, much can still be done to motivate and encourage women to consider the various avenues that can be found in the field of security. There are many facets to the security profession far beyond leading a department of officers. Security professionals can be found in system analysis, integration, system layout and design as well as working with architects and engineers interpreting documents and writing specifications for security equipment and facilities.
The ASIS International Women in Security Council aims to provide support and assistance to women in the security field, as well as inspire those interested in entering the profession.
Additional information on Dr. McLennan’s research: Dr. McLennan founded the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS), a partnership with the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. The organization was created to recruit and train women from across the state to seek appointed and elected office. As head of research and programs, McLennan helped create the Women in Office, Women on Board, and Women at the Table programs. He helped the NCCWPS merge with the Institute of Political Leadership, where he leads the collegiate and women’s programs.
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