A year ago, after going to the joint meeting of city, county and state leaders in Myrtle Beach, I remarked on the notable lack of women among these, the most powerful people in many local residents lives. The only one at the time was Myrtle Beach City Councilwoman Susan Grissom Means.
After that meeting, Means said, "I looked around on Monday and I thought, ‘This is ridiculous.'"
The meeting yesterday was slightly more diverse. Slightly. The replacement of Thad Viers by Heather Ammons Crawford means there were two women at the table on Monday. A bit better, yes. Still some room for improvement there.
And before I get beat up in the comments, I'm not suggesting by any means that we should be electing women solely based on their gender. We've recommended the election of more gray-haired white men against the election of unqualified women plenty of times. But it would be nice to see more qualified women at least attempt to run and give us the choice. Katherine Jenerette could be a good candidate for the state legislature, for instance. And I'm sure there are more out there.