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Where Are The Women In Wildomar And Lake Elsinore Politics?

If women don’t start getting involved in politics, there may be dire consequences.

Susan B. Anthony brought the women’s suffrage movement to the United States and fought for the equality of women in America.  She succeeded in many ways, but women were still a disenfranchised group.  It wasn’t until 1920, 14 years after Susan B. Anthony’s death, that women earned the right to vote across the United States.

Now, over 90 years later, it would seem logical that women have achieved the same success as men. After all, universities across the country are filled with women ready to join the ranks of men and run companies as well as the government. According to Cal State San Marcos fall 2010 enrollment, women made up 62 percent of the student body, and Cal State San Bernardino boasts a 64 percent female population in its 2011-2012 data.

Why hasn’t the face of our nation changed with those encouraging statistics? In 2011, only 12 women were CEO’s in the top 500 companies that gross the most in the U.S., also known as the Fortune 500. Sadly, that stat was down from 2010, when there were 15 women included in that group. 

When it comes to wealth in America, only two women broke the top 20 richest Americans, according to Forbes, and both are decedents of Sam Walton, the owner of Walmart. 

In political circles, things haven’t improved much either. Women only represent 17 percent of the seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

If women don’t start getting involved in politics, there may be dire consequences. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who represents Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, held a congressional hearing on contraception and refused to allow women to be on the panel that reported to the committee. 

Locally, we have lopsided representation in politics as well. Currently, both the mayors and mayors pro tem of Wildomar and Lake Elsinore are men. Out of the 10 city council members in Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, only three are women. 

Some might argue that women aren’t as motivated to work because they are the caregivers of the family, but that is not the case.

“The poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010 from 13.9 percent in 2009, the highest in 17 years,” according to the National Women’s Law Center.

This is not a sign that women don’t want to work. The National Women’s Law Center also found that, “The typical white, non-Hispanic woman who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 made only 77.6 cents compared to her male counterpart.”

Now that we’re aware of the problem what do we do as a community? And if we do, will it make a difference to our community?

Dog April 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Who are the three women pictured? Why run photo's without captions?
Toni McAllister (Editor) April 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Dog you have to click on the photo to see the caption. Wish it were visible without the click. Sorry :-(
Ken Mayes April 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The world of politics and business throughout history have been filled with graft and corruption, so why would a real women want to participate in this. This BS philosophy has lead to the necessity of two income households in order to survive thereby increasing the amount of taxes collected by government so it can be redistributed.
Roberto April 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Lets not forget the double standard either. Councilman George Alongi was convicted for malfeasance in office and removed as a council person for the exact same thing Melendez did. Owning property and voting in in a RDA area. Yet no action was taken against Melendez because she is a female or fovoured by law enforcements powerful RSA union.
Shannon Hayes Akins April 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Melendez gives a bad name to any female candidate that runs for office in the future. She is an example of Government run amuck. As a result, and I hate to say it but I probably will think twice or more before voting for another female candidate for anything. And, I am a women and I voted for her.
Katheryn April 15, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Melendez needs to go and please go to the following website for further information: http://www.abetterlakeelsinore.com/
Vince April 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Buffalo Roberta says she says: "Lets not forget the double standard either" Well now, if this is not a sterling opportunity to nominate a dang near female via a "grassroots draft", then nothing is! I hereby nominate Buffalo Roberta to don the ol' Seamstress Togs and get to running for City Council...that is predicated upon The Buffster first seeing a Doc, or better still, a Veterniarian, about them haywire estrogen levels though...of course. Time to stop whining about local issues Buffie darlin', and get yer bad (yet confused) sef' PROACTIVE!!
Rajan Pandya April 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
What is wrong with everyone's grammar in So Cal? Women = plural of woman, as in more-than-one-woman. Hence "I am a women" is wrong grammar, you say "I am a woman". Same applies to men, =plural of man.
Vince April 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Awww c'mon....you say "poe-tay-toe" and I say...."wimmin's", what's the problem with that?
Frank Barnes April 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Rediculous opinion piece spawns rediculous commentary....
Andrees Vargas April 16, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Why are we all mad at Mrs. Melendez. This is why I hate politics, didn't the people of Lake Elsinore vote her in.
Diana April 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Well Andrees the way I see it is, those that are on here are acually jealous of Melendez and that is why they take every chance they can to bad mouth her. The previous four posters of James Carville, Katheryn, Shannon and Roberto are all women who in my opinion somehow feel threatened by Melendez, they are also the ones that show up at every Council meeting bringing noting but negative to the meeting. Melendez does not take any crap or have time to waste with the nonsense that thy present so usually their efforts are blown out of the water, recent activiy was to stop the firing of Bob Brady, then they tried to fight the mining by Alberhill, now the are recalling Hickman we'll see how that turns out.
Katheryn April 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Go to to ABLE website and see why people can't stand Melendez, and want her gone.
Andrees Vargas April 17, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Well I've been living in elsinore for about 15 years. And I must say this is the first time I hear that they wanna get ride of council members. I don't get why we want them out when we the people elected them into office.... Learn the facts of every politican before going out to vote.
Katheryn April 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Yes, you need to learn the facts and then watch what the person does once they are in office. The fact is Melendez is not what she purported to be when running and now people want her out of Lake Elsinore politics. Attend a meeting of ABLE http://www.abetterlakeelsinore.com/ These people are telling the truth and not putting a positive spin on something which is negative. By the way I have some latin friends who voted for Melendez because of her last name and they recently told me how sorry they were to have voted for her.
Diana April 18, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The ABLE Group was formed right before Bob Brady was terminated. The life long resident and activist Chris Hyland heads it up and I believe Lisa, posting on the Patch as Katheryn is her right arm. These Ladies attend every Council meeting there is and present negative suggestions to the Council at every meeting as I said before. Their efforts might be producive if perhaps they hadn't been beating one dead horse after the other for so long. Instead of trying to bag on the three Council members as they do with the same comments both on and off the Patch, they might try to channel that energy into something positive that could help move the City forward and not be the laughing stock of the town...just saying!!!!!!!! It's kind of like telling a child over and over again to do something, pretty soon he stops listening, and you have beat this entire Melendez issue into the ground and stooped to an all time low of watching her chew gum..........are you kidding me?
Diana April 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
OH, and BTW Melendez is beating Magee so there has got be something there. So apparently the people see her in a different light then the few on here that post nothing but negaives regarding her.

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