By Rebecca Sive
As we begin Women’s History Month, and celebrate International Women’s Day (Saturday, March 8th), I’ve been reflecting on the lessons today’s women office-holders, and those who aspire to political office, can learn from those who’ve already traveled this path.
But, first, a bit of context: this ruminating comes on the eve of my visit to San Diego as the special guest of close the gap CA’s Stop the Slide tour. This slide would be the slide (downwards) in the number of women in the California legislature: while there were a record 37 serving in the legislature in 2006, there are only 32 in 2014. (Sadly, California now ranks 19th in the nation for the number of women serving in its state legislature, down from sixth in 2003, according to Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics. That’s 26% of the legislature versus 31%.)
The Stop the Slide tour, whose purpose is to raise awareness of this problem and recruit women to work to solve it — by becoming candidates themselves — begins in San Diego Sunday, when we will gather at the Women’s Museum of California, at an event hosted by Run Women Run, a nonpartisan group that recruits and trains women candidates for office in the San Diego area.