As we celebrate women this month, it’s impossible to ignore the milestone reached in Carson City this legislative session.
For the first time in Nevada history, women make up the majority of our legislative members making it one of the first woman-majority state legislatures in the country.
“I was very honored and humbled to be here, to sit in that chamber it’s awe-inspring and almost surreal,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy, (R) Clark County.
For the first time in U.S., women outnumber men in the Nevada State Legislature at just more than 50 percent.
Assistant Majority Leader Daniele Monroe Moreno, the first African-American woman to serve in an assembly leadership role, says each and every one of the 32 female legislators are blazing a trail.
“And it’s important to have us at the table because we bring a different dynamic to the conversation to move our state foward. There’s a cliche saying that ‘when women do better, families do better and when families do better, our state does better,'” said Moreno, republican.
Democrats make up the majority party but newly elected female legislators from both parties are hoping to find common ground on issues like education.
“Education is the key to opening doors for opportunities for our kids for their futures, so I think that as women, we can provide good conversations and good experience in that area,” Hardy said.
These women are hoping their collective experiences will help them lead Nevada’s State Legislature forward in the coming months and create change for years to come.
“It meant a lot, all the women that have come before me, and now being able to help the next generation that’s coming up, it’s going to be a great adventure that we’re going to have for the next four months,” said Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, (D) Clark county.
“We are going to have diversity. We are going to have diversity of thought. We are going to have diversity of opinion. We are going to have diversity of life experience and so I think that is going to bring new ideas and a new way of dealing with issues, and new issues will come up just because of that diversity,” said Lisa Krasner, minority whip.