L.A. City Councilmembers unanimously passed my measure to look into improving maternity leave policies for the City’s women firefighters. We need to make sure that unpaid time off taken by women firefighters for maternity leave counts toward their seniority, and that their eligibility for promotions and retirement is unaffected.
HEAR US ROAR! I was so proud to be among the hundreds of thousands of women who participated in this year's Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles. As we marched for women’s rights, we also called on women everywhere to vote.
Every year that I’ve been on the Los Angeles City Council, I’ve had a summer program called the, “Ready for Women Fellowship.” This program brings together several woman for a paid summer fellowship that gives an immersive experience inside City Hall. I believe that we must build a pipeline for future women leaders, and it’s my responsibility as a woman holding elective office to help build this pipeline.
While working in this fellowship, these young women join high level meetings, develop and execute short-term projects, and have access to see the inner workings of City Hall. We also hold weekly seminars for the participants to hear and ask questions of key players that can help shape their careers.
This year’s fellows join us from varied backgrounds. Angelina Finau is a recent graduate from CSUN with a BA in Political Science. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Audrey Nicole Soriano is a recent graduate with a BA in Healthcare Policy from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She’s previously interned with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. Elizabeth Garcia is a junior at UCLA, majoring in Political Science. She has previously interned in the Mayor’s office, and is a volunteer with Reading Partners as a tutor for under-resourced students in Downtown Los Angeles.
Photo L-R: Lindsay Bubar from Emerge California, Danielle Cendejas from The Strategy Group, and Ready for Women Fellows Audrey Soriano, Elizabeth Garcia, and Angelina Finau
Ready for Women: Fellowship Application 2018
Councilwoman Nury Martinez has developed a summer fellowship program that will inspire and develop the next generation of female political leaders. We will train young women to carry their existing leadership skills into the public sector and to public office. Fellows will be introduced to the importance of leadership and develop a foundation in public policy with hands on experience in local government, spending four days each week (Monday-Thursday) learning all facets of public policy. On Fridays, Fellows will participate in leadership seminars where they will be given the opportunity to hear from women in leadership, as well as discuss policy issues facing local government and how to propose effective solutions.
We are looking for candidates who are deeply driven, passionate about improving their community, have proven that they are motivated in school, involved in extracurricular activities, and have a genuine interest in one day running for office.
- Must be enrolled in Community College or 4-year University, and have completed at least one year of college, or have graduated within last year.
- Have evidence of leadership skills and potential for leadership growth.
- Must have outstanding analytical, oral and written communication skills.
- Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in public service.
The fellowship will be paid and requires 20 hours per week Monday-Friday. You must be available to start on July 24 and end on September 14. Dates are not negotiable.
In addition to this application, you are required to submit:
- Resume (please include volunteer and extracurricular activities on resume)
- Unofficial transcript
- Letter of Recommendation from a non-relative
Please send these documents in ONE PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. No other formats will be accepted.
We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Applications are due Friday, June 8, 2018.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
We celebrated Women’s History Month throughout March in the City of Los Angeles. I was pleased to lead the City Council in many of those efforts where we highlighted the incredible talents and contributions of women in the City of Los Angeles.
On International Women’s Day, the organizers of the mid-January Women’s March called for a day of protest and action called, “A Day Without A Woman.” As the only woman on the City Council, and a fierce advocate for the people of Council District 6, I wasn’t going to step away from the City Council and let the men run things without me for the day, so I decided instead to bring the women who work for the City of Los Angeles into Council Chambers to have our own demonstration. For nearly an hour we shut down the work of the City Council and demonstrated to employees throughout the City what a day without women would look like. I led the City’s women employees as we, one-by-one, stepped to the microphone and announced our name and role within the City. This demonstration showed how every department in the City is dependent on the contributions of a talented, smart, and dedicated female workforce. Well over two hundred women participated, and though that’s a fraction of the female workforce of the City, it filled the Council Chambers to capacity, and made a clear impact.Read more
A fire department that reflects the communities it serves is something Los Angeles must achieve, and one area where we fall short is in female firefighters. The LAFD is taking aggressive steps to recruit more women and minorities to the force, and I am thrilled to partner with the fire department with the 2nd annual LAFD Girls Camp. This was our second camp for girls from throughout the City, and this year we brought the camp to the 6th District at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City.
In early April, I’ll be sponsoring Los Angeles’s 2nd LAFD Girls Camp. This time it’ll be housed right here in Council District 6 at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City. This Camp asks girls if they’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire fighter? Girls 14-18 are invited to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter with a two-day hands-on program taught by some of the City’s female firefighters and cadets. They’ll learn about career opportunities and enjoy fun activities with actual firefighting tools and equipment. To find out more, visit lafd-camp.eventbrite.com or call 213.893.9899
When someone signs up to be a Los Angeles Firefighter, they are embarking on a very intense process. Before even being admitted to the training, they face a serious of tests and evaluations. The training is then an intense twenty week program that tests each recruit by pushing them to the extremes that firefighters might encounter protecting our community.
It is an incredible honor to see these recruits graduate after their training. Last week, I joined Chief Terrazas, along with Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, and Councilman Blumenfield at the graduation of LAFD Recruit Class 2016-1. This group of 45 new firefighters, 43 men and two women, started service to our City on Monday morning!
Latina History Day celebrates the many accomplishments of Latinas in the United States. For the past 15 years, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) has worked with the City Council to declare a day in March as Latina History Day. This year’s resolution coincided with HOPE’s Latina History Day Conference. The Latina History Day conference, for which Latina History Day in California was created, draws over 900 women to celebrate the historic accomplishments of Latinas and gives them the opportunity to partake in forums on corporate advancement, the state of public education and financial empowerment. This is the 26th year that HOPE has been putting this conference together. This year’s theme is “Embrace the Journey.” I was honored to present HOPE with this year’s Latina History Day resolution at the City Council last Friday.