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When Anona Sobczak noticed the lack of women in this photo of involved Provo residents, she decided to get involved.  (Photo courtesy provomayor.com)

When Anona Sobczak noticed the lack of women in this photo of involved Provo residents, she decided to get involved. (Photo courtesy provomayor.com)

For Anona Sobczak, it started with a photo. The Provo woman was reading a post on Provo Mayor John Curtis’s blog when she noticed a photo of a breakfast meeting the mayor had with a group of involved residents — none of whom were women. (It turned out that three women were invited, and one came after the photo was taken.)

Sobczak emailed Curtis to find out where the women were, and after exchanging messages ended up scheduling the mayor for a meeting at her house to talk to other women about getting — and keeping — women involved in Provo.

“I’m concerned women are not being involved. … I want to make sure this is a good place to raise girls,” said Sobczak, who has three daughters.

“I’m concerned women are not being involved. … I want to make sure this is a good place to raise girls.” —Anona Sobczak, Provo resident

Sobczak said people have to want to be involved in a city, and some of the fault of women not being as involved in Provo as men falls on women. “But it’s also making it accessible,” she added. So on Tuesday, Curtis answered questions from a group of 17 women, ranging from recycling glass to zoning to how to volunteer. He also gave examples of women involved in shaping Provo, including Sandra Covey (Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts), Courtney Kendrick (Rooftop Concert Series), Sherrie Hall-Everett (former city councilwoman, Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee member) and his own wife, Sue Curtis, who served on the Provo City School Board.

Anona Sobczak is making a push for more women to get involved with Provo city. (Photo courtesy Anona Sobczak)

Anona Sobczak is making a push for more women to get involved with Provo city. (Photo courtesy Anona Sobczak)

And his response for how to get involved in Provo — check out the list on his blog. If you want to help shape who’s on the city council or who represents the city at the state level, get involved in a political campaign, Curtis said. If you have a concern about a specific issue, the best thing to do is contact the city council rep for your district or one of the two citywide council members (find the list and contact information at provo.org). And if you need an answer to a Provo City question, like what’s going on at Center Street and 200 East, dial 311.

Now that she’s involved, Sobczak is writing a neighborhood blog (joaquinprovo.blogspot.com) and starting a committee to clean up properties in the Joaquin Neighborhood — including trash pickup, tree planting. She’ll be asking people to sign up at a neighborhood party in June.

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