Not to be confused with Rep. Sally Kern, who most people might think of when they hear the name Sally in state government.
Sally’s List is a new venture that seeks to recruit female progressives and help get them elected in 2012. It’s named after Sally Rae Merkle Mock, an Oklahoma City attorney who was an advocate for women’s rights. She died suddenly in 2009 from a brain aneurysm. Sally’s List board member Sara Jane Rose says the group wants to focus on improving the lives of women and children in Oklahoma. The group also supports abortion rights measures, but that’s not their only issue, Rose said.
The Sally’s List organizers say they want to attract young men and women to help add females to Oklahoma’s Legislature. The group will host a Happy Hour on Thursday at VZD’s in Oklahoma City from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A similar event is being organized in Tulsa.
Oklahoma has 17 female legislators among the 149 serving in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. Five women are in the 48-member Senate and 12 are in the 101-member House. Oklahoma’s percentage of female legislators is 11.4 percent, slightly more than South Carolina’s 10 percent.