Women urge women to seek public office
By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer
Women can win elected office and make a difference doing so.
That was the message Saturday morning during a Women At The Table forum at the Women's Club in Hagersown.
Everyone can make a difference when it comes to issues such as foreign policy, said introductory speaker Patricia K. Cushwa.
Cushwa said the belief that "all politics are local" was tragically illustrated Thursday when an apparent terrorist attack on the USS Cole killed two Washington County sailors.
"The people who make foreign policy are us," Cushwa said. "It brought home so tragically why we all have to get involved."
That includes women, Cushwa said.
"Men lose elections all the time. Too often, women will take it as a personal defeat rather than just a defeat," said Cushwa, a Williamsport resident who has held several public offices and has been chairwoman of the Maryland Parole Commission since 1997.