Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Women's Summit was wonderful. We were welcomed to the Capitol by State Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland (on behalf of the Governor), Senator Debbe Leftwich (the Senate) and Representative Pam Peterson (the House or Reps). Keynote speaker Congresswoman Mary Fallin gave a great opening talk before we got down to work. The balance of the morning focused on alternative sentencing, a live drug court (and a fake but instructive one) featuring Terry Watkins in jail garb). Suzanne Edmondson and Barbara Saunders talked about women in prison in Oklahoma. Lunch was a great box lunch, guided table discussion identifying issues the Commission on the Status of Women should be looking into and a chance to visit the exhibit tables.