Secretary of State
In June 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-16, which established the Task Force on Women in Sports within the Department of State and chaired by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. This task force – the first of its kind at a state government level – brings together local and national leaders to develop strategies that support and promote opportunities in Michigan for girls and women in sports.
“This is a chance for Michigan to become a national model for advancing opportunities for all women to lead in every arena,” Benson said. “Sports is a great equalizer in our society, and research shows that women who play sports are more likely to seek and fill leadership positions in other sectors. I look forward to leading this important effort and developing solutions to level the playing field in opportunities for women in sports in our state.”