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Governor names Brookfield to women’s commission

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SCC professor takes women’s rights role with the state

Governor Steve Beshear made a plethora of appointments to various Kentucky boards and commissions earlier this week.

Among those who were named was Bettye B. Brookfield, an art professor at St. Catharine College. She was appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women.

According to the commission’s website — www.women.ky.gov — it is “dedicated to elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth, empowering them to overcome barriers to equity and expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.”

The commission was created in November 1968 by Governor Louie Nunn after a report on the status of women in April 1964 found that there was a pronounced need to promote the improvement of women’s status.

Among other things, the Kentucky Commission on Women is mandated to “promote, encourage and provide advisory assistance in establishing local volunteer community improvement programs for, and of the interest to, women; conduct programs, studies, seminars, and conferences, and encourage state and local women’s business, professional, and civic organizations to do likewise, to educate the public to the problems of women; consult with and advise the Governor and the agencies, departments, boards, and commissions of the state and local and municipal government on matters pertaining to women; cooperate with the federal government and with the government of other states in programs relating to women and contract from time to time as may be appropriate with experts and consultants who may be utilized as deemed necessary and make other purchases and expenditures, all in accordance with KRS Chapter 45A.”

Brookfield’s appointment replaces Evelyn K. Tackett, who resigned.