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Eleanor Jordan, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, will be the guest speaker at the March Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The luncheon will be at Campbellsville Christian Church.
It will be sponsored by Greater Campbellsville United, a nonprofit organization promoting equal opportunity, equality and positive relationships among all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, gender and political entities in the community and throughout the region. GCU is now in its 10th year of bridging gaps from a proactive stance.
“My job is to find out what is happening with women in the commonwealth of Kentucky and find out how I can make it better,” Jordan said. “It really is a blessing to be the director of the commission on women. This is the only position I would readily commute an hour a day to.”
As executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, Jordan works with local, state and national leaders to improve the economic status of women and girls in the commonwealth. She is the first black person to be appointed to this post since the commission’s initial creation in 1964.
During her time in the Kentucky legislature, Jordan gained a reputation for being a strong advocate for women and children. From 1996 to 2000, she served in the Kentucky General Assembly representing House District 42.
Jordan is recognized as an outstanding leader in the community and profiled on the Music Television and the British Broadcasting Co. networks. She has appeared in Black Journal and MS magazines as well as profiled in “Kentucky Women” by Eugenia Potter.
In addition to her service with the state legislature, Jordan has spent her career dedicated to public service. She has served as the executive director of the Iroquois Child Development Center and the Baptist Fellowship Childcare Ministry in Louisville, the Elder Abuse Commission, the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council, the Library Commission and the Community Coordinated Child Care Board. She serves on the board of directors of the California Child Care and Iroquois Child Care Centers.
In 2001, Gov. Paul Patton appointed Jordan as ombudsman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children, where she served the next three years. Since then, Jordan has worked as a principal assistant in the office of the Attorney General. In this capacity, she acted as the minority affairs liaison and coordinated consumer affairs outreach. She also chaired the Kentucky Child Support Enforcement Commission.
Jordan has often been recognized as an outstanding leader in the community. Among her many honors are the Public Advocate of the Year Award, the Stand Up for Children Award from Jefferson County Schools, the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the University of Louisville and the Women’s Advocate of the Year Award from the University of Kentucky. Jordan attended Western Kentucky University. She lives in Louisville and has three grown children.