BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Female lawmakers, employers, executives and community leaders are forming a leadership group to empower local women.
The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce with help from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is launching the Broome Women Lead group.
The committee will be made up of all women from all backgrounds to discuss leadership, employment, education, pay equality, and government participation.
Lupardo says only 23% of state lawmakers are women.
Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Conway says the group wants to find out what's holding them back.
"This is focusing on a positive environment. This isn't a bunch of women getting together to complain about our environment. This is about women coming together to find the barriers in ourselves to find out what's stopping us," said Conway.
To kick-off the initiative, a luncheon will be held on April 19, catered by women-owned businesses.
The group already has a few core members and others can sign up at GreaterBinghamtonChamber.com.
The sign up is first come, first serve and the luncheon can accommodate around 90 people.