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Ward-Pugh highlights broadband technology

Tuesday March 15, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

A new plan has been unveiled to help maximize the impact broadband communications can have on the economic development of women and their businesses.

It is a policy report from National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL/Women).

Many believe it will go a long way to equalizing opportunities for women in the area of technology.

“The recent release of the joint NFWL/NOBEL Women paper on broadband is a milestone in our campaign to ensure that women continue to compete on a level playing field with their male counterparts.” says Metro Councilwoman Ward-Pugh (D-9). “Increasing female participation in the workforce by leveraging the power of broadband to support new businesses and new work arrangements will be key in fostering economic growth both for women and for our entire nation.”

Ward-Pugh chaired the NFWL’s National Policy Committee on Business, Housing & Economic Development and was elected to serve as Vice Chair for NFWL at its annual meeting in November 2010. Winning the Future: A Policy Framework for Empowering Women with Broadband is viewed by many as a roadmap for women to level the playing field with the National Broadband plan.

The report notes that broadband is a powerful tool that can help women, especially minority and low-income, harness not only an economic power but a way to access health care services and information. Broadband should be used to help women entrepreneurs the way men have moved forward in building businesses.

“I would encourage women everywhere to read this report,” says Ward-Pugh “More importantly, I encourage women to embrace technology and utilize it as we work toward Winning the future.”

You may download the full report, Winning the Future: A Policy Framework for Empowering Women with Broadband.

For more information, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109 or email

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9