City offers training on how to cope with majority-female council
Women currently hold seven of the 11 seats on Austin’s City Council.
Clearly, this is a bit too much for some Texans to handle.
To respond to the gender change, a two-hour training session was held earlier this year to, um, help people cope, or something like that.
The Austin American-Statesman reports: “Apparently this represented such a huge change in governance that the city manager’s office thought the city staff who regularly interact with the City Council needed extra training – in the form of a two-hour training session in March with two speakers from Florida – on how to talk to a female-dominated City Council after decades of rule by men.
“The first speaker was Jonathan K. Allen, who was a city manager of the relatively small Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Allen was considered an expert in this field because his local city commission was all-female. His advice included:
- Women ask lots of questions.
- Women don’t want to deal with numbers
- Women are taking over, Hillary Clinton will only encourage this
These and other pearls of wisdom are available in the full training video, which is available here