Tennessee women share stories of making it in politics – Tennessee Lookout

 Tennessee women share stories of making it in politics – Tennessee Lookout

Everyone called Crystal Ottinger “that girl” during her election. Some people asked her husband how he felt about her running before they could vote for her. And after the 34-year-old became Cocke County mayor, residents would find her father and “tell on” her if they didn’t like her work. “I don’t think men have that same issue,” Ottinger said. 

Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics ranked Tennessee 47 among state legislatures for the proportion of women. But women certainly are taking up space in government—Tennessee has a female U.S. senator, a U.S. congresswoman, eight state senators and 14 state legislators.

Mayor Crystal Ottinger, Cocke County. (Photo: Cockecountytn.gov)

“You have women leading cities in executive positions all over the state,” Rep. London Lamar (D-Memphis) said. “People are electing women. They just have to step up to the plate.” Read full article…tennesseelookout.com