It has been almost one hundred years since Congress ratified the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote in every state in this country. But as it currently stands, it is clear we have a long way to go before we reach full gender equity, let alone equality. We have not done a good enough job of creating the pipeline to incentivize young women to see themselves as elected officials. It is not only good for our City to have gender parity, but it is good for our society.
We are good legislators — we think differently. We think about families, we think of our children, and we’re also very pragmatic. We are not afraid to collaborate with our male counterparts or people who may have different political views. It is why I was proud to join Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez for the opening of a new exhibit at CSUN called What She Said: 100 Years of Women’s Civic and Community Engagement. The exhibit, which runs through July of 2019, focuses on the impact women have made in the years since we passed the amendment. It tells the story of our City’s history through the lens of our women leaders like Joy Picus, the first woman ever elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in 1977. Be sure to stop by CSUN’s Oviatt Library and see this fascinating piece of history with your own eyes.