"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

How many left?

There can’t be, at this point, very many elective governing boards that never have elected a woman to the group.

We now know of at least one – at least, that has applied until now. Last week, Helen Price Johnson was sworn in as a member of the Island County Commission, the first woman in its 155 years of existence. Owing to an election still unresolved, she may actually be joined by a second before long.

How many other such groups are there out there?

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  1. mark said:

    Without doing any research to back my guess, I’d say that at least 75% of the county commissions in Idaho have never elected a woman. I’m gladly proved wrong.

    December 1, 2008

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