Missouri group aims to back Democratic women seeking office

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | 9:33 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A political group created in honor of late Missouri Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods will support Democratic women running for statewide office.

Woods died of leukemia in 2007. Her family and supporters announced the creation of Harriett's List on Tuesday, which would have been her 82nd birthday.

Woods, the first woman to win a statewide office in Missouri, was elected lieutenant governor in 1984. She served one four-year term.

Before that, Woods was a member of the state Senate.

Harriett's List is modeled after the national organization called Emily's List. Its founders said their goal is to elect more "progressive Democratic women" to the Missouri Legislature and statewide office.


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