For Women’s History Month this March, I welcomed the First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom to City Hall. For her first official visit to Los Angeles as First Partner, I hosted a conversation in Council Chambers before an audience of over 200 students. Along with students from high schools in my District, we also welcomed students from my alma mater California State University, Northridge.
We engaged in a dialogue on how to empower women and girls, and the First Partner highlighted the importance of calling out sexism and stereotypes in the media.
My favorite moment of the evening came during our Q&A portion when Leslie, a political science major CSUN student, raised her hand to ask a question. Without a microphone readily available, she raised her voice for everyone to hear, saying "I can project." Then, a room of over three hundred people listened. Leslie asked, “What is your advice for young women hoping to break into the male-dominated world of politics and law field with confidence?” The First Partner responded by saying that she, along with all women, deserve a seat at the table and they should not forget it. Then I gave her info on my upcoming Ready for Women Fellowship. It was great to end our evening on that high note. Thank you to all of you who came out!