We learnt of the Rhode Island government Appointments pledge (RI-GAP) that was launched by the women’s fund in 2010. It aimed at increasing the number of women in politics. Governor Gina Raimondo whom we also learnt was the first female governor championed for this and her administration has continued to incorporate more women into politics. We followed up her activities to see if she had kept her promise on more women appointments to government. She had indeed done so. Moreover, she committed herself to this promise on paper when she and her opposing candidates Fung and Healey for the gubernatorial race signed the RI-GAP. In fact, since RI-GAP was launched the number of women in government has increased to 34% as at 2013. Moreover, states like Colorado, Vermont, California and Washington have increased the number of women in state agencies and boards through the establishment of more women organizations and training camps. This is partly as a result of the positive influence Rhode Island has, although on the other hand it is also because of women are becoming more empowered. This was among some of the findings by the best practices team. Among other things we learnt was the process of appointments to Rhode Island state boards. This is stipulated in Title 28, labor and labor Relations, section 28-5.1-3.1. The section indicates that whoever is responsible for appointment s of people to the board shall ensure that the people serving on the board and commission reflect the diversity of the
population of Rhode Island. Section 28-5.1-17 on the other hand deals with equal opportunity and Affirmative action.