Randall changes course, will use private funds for women’s commission
Additionally, the chairwoman announced she is now accepting applications for the initiative.
Randall said the idea of the commission came at the request of citizen and nonprofit groups as a way to tackle issues facing young women, including domestic violence, internet and social media safety and bullying and human trafficking. The initiative will also encourage young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In January, Loudoun supervisors voted along party lines against creating the new commission and argued it was not the role of the county’s governing body to implement such a commission.
Despite the vote, Randall said she would still use county facilities to hold meetings for the commission, use taxpayer money from her district budget to fund it and post information about the initiative on county websites and through her newsletter.
“I very much intend to do this initiative from the office of the chair,” Randall said from the dais in January. “I don’t want to be unclear, and I don’t want to be coy, and I want to be upfront with you all. I want to be up front with the people in Loudoun: This is too important for me for it not to happen, this will absolutely happen.”
Today Randall said she will only use privately raised funds for the commission.
The Commission on Women and Girls will be made up of 15 citizen appointees from various fields of expertise. Randall said she intends to appoint individuals with experience in the following industry clusters:
-A Development Director - One position
-A Liaison from the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative - One position
-A Financial Planning Specialist - One position
-An Educator - One position
-An Employment Specialist - One position
-An Etiquette Coach - One position
-Social Media Experts (One with knowledge in social media safety) - Two positions
-Experts in the STEM and/or STEAM fields - Two positions
-Domestic Violence Prevention Specialist - Two positions
-At-Large Seats - Three positions (One Student position)
The deadline to apply is March 17. The application can be found online at https://www.Loudoun.Gov/DocumentCenter/View/126107.
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