As if we needed another “dead last” ranking, as of 2010 South Carolina was No. 50 in the nation for the number of women holding public office. The Center for Women wants to change that number by helping more Charleston-area women get the skills they need to take on leadership roles, so they’re throwing a big ol’ party to spread the word and raise funds for their programs. And the date isn’t arbitrary: Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the day that the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. “A lot of women, young and old, don’t utilize that voice we’ve been given. Women in many, many other countries don’t have that voice still, and yet we take it for granted,” says Center for Women Events and Publicity Manager Leigh Ann Garrett. Garrett and the Center have invited all women who are holding or running for office in the tri-county area to attend. They expect the event will be as much about networking as celebrating. And in case you’re wondering, yes, men are invited.