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Report seeks greater support for ND women

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- An analyst says North Dakota should try harder to recruit women to run for state offices and the Legislature, and to serve on state boards and commissions.

Linda Wurtz says North Dakota would get economic and public policy benefits from having women in a more prominent role.

Wurtz wrote a report on the status of women for the North Dakota Women's Network. It says North Dakota has only one female elected statewide official. Only about 15 percent of legislators are women.

Wurtz says there's already a state law that requires more gender balance on state boards and commissions, and it should be taken more seriously. She says at least one woman should be on every "short list" for an appointment.