More Women Needed to Run for Office

Senator Holly Mitchell, Photo Credit Take Two - KPCC

Last Saturday was recognized as International Women's Day, and March is Women's History month. But the power of women shouldn't be limited to just one day or one month a year. Our government must recognize and represent all women every day, and especially women of color. To do that, we need more women and more diversity at the table in positions of power.

More women need to run for office, and especially women of color. Almost five times as many men than woman hold elected office in the United States. Women of color will be over 50% of the population in the United States by 2050, but they are only 5% of all state legislators nationally.

At the California Democratic Convention last weekend, Senator Holly Mitchell (the only black woman in the California Senate) talked about how to expand political leadership opportunities for black women. We need to encourage more black women to run for office, to represent our communities. Our country will be stronger for it.

Higher Heights is one non-profit working to make a difference on this statistic. They were a part of the training last weekend at the Democratic Convention, and are looking to build a long-term strategy to expand and support the black women's leadership pipeline.

Another group that's making change is Emerge California. They offer a full training and mentoring program that gives women the skills they need to run for office in California, and get elected.

If you know (or if you are!) a woman that would be an excellent elected official, please refer them to those two organizations. I look forward to the day when California makes full use of the talents of all our daughters as well as our sons in public office.

Story from KPCC Southern California Public Radio below:

Senator Holly Mitchell seeks to create political leadership roles for women

California Democrats wrapped up their 2014 state convention in LA this weekend. Talks focused on boosting voter turnout and bans on "fracking," one process for tapping natural gas reserves in the state.

But there was another prevalent issue for Senator Holly Mitchell: diversity. The Culver City representative is the only African American senator after Roderick Wright of Inglewood took a leave of absence recently.

And at the convention, Senator Mitchell spent time focusing on how to expand political leadership opportunities for black women. She joins us Take Two to talk more about it.

Listen to the audio interview here.


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