Male governor removes name from Ohio women's event - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Male governor removes name from Ohio women's event

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's leading team of elected officials, both men, have removed their names from publicity materials for an upcoming women's summit.

Gov. Ted Strickland and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher had been listed as honorary co-chairs of Momentum 2010, a statewide forum to promote women's advancement in economics, education and health that is being planned for March.

The placement of Strickland and Fisher at the lead of the event, with their wives at their sides, angered some feminists involved in planning. Similar events around the country are led overwhelmingly by women.

Both Strickland and Fisher are running for office in the year the summit could be grabbing headlines. Strickland is expected to seek re-election, and Fisher is running in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst says it's a common practice for the governor to host such conferences, naming Florida, California, Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as examples.

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