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New Study Reveals that Women Represent 28 Percent of California City Council Members

Aug.. 28, 2014

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New Study Reveals that Women Represent 28 Percent of California City Council Members

Sacramento- Despite statistical gains made nationally for women in elected office, the number of women in California serving in elected office, particularly on city councils, does not reflect California’s female population, according to a report released jointly by California Women Lead and the Women’s Caucus of the League of California Cities. The report shows a continued need for increased representation by elected women on city councils across the state.

The report, entitled “Snapshot on the Status of Women in City Government,” reveals that the number of California women serving on City Councils is not as high as one would suspect, and did not mirror the gains women made in other parts of the country.

According to the report, which will be updated following the November election, just 706 women serve on California city councils, making up only 28 percent of the elected seats. Significant statistics from the study include:

  • Women comprise 50.3 percent of California population, but only 28 percent of city council seats;
  • 61 cities in California have a women majority council;
  • 71 cities have no women on the councils;
  • 40 percent of cities have only one woman on the council;
  • Of the 12 highest populated cities in the state -Riverside, does not have any women on the council; Los Angeles, Fresno and Bakersfield have only one woman.

“This report is a call to action for women in politics in California,” said San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera and Women’s Caucus President. We need to elect more women on city councils throughout the state. Especially alarming is the low percentage of women on the city councils of California’s 12 largest cities.”

“This report shows that women serving in city government is trending a bit higher than women serving in the Legislature or on county boards of supervisors, but is far from representing the total number of women who live in California. There is much work to be done to empower and inspire more women to consider serving on city councils throughout the state,” said Rachel Michelin, executive director of California Women Lead. “Women are more likely to seek office when they receive the right support, so California Women Lead continues its efforts to encourage, train and mentor women to be leaders in their communities and beyond, reminding them, ‘if not you, then who?’ We are focused on increasing the number of women candidates, and the number of women who are elected, in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.”

To help counter the apparent lack of parity for California women running for – and being elected to – local and state office, California Women Lead conducts workshops with the goal of focusing attention on the need for the effective leadership that women uniquely provide, whether it’s serving on a school board, as a county supervisor, as a state legislator, or in the halls of Congress; and to offer support and guidance to those women who respond to the call for effective leadership that is so desperately needed.

For an on-line version of the report, click here.

Listen to Rachel Michelin’s interview with ABC 7 KGO Radio in San Francisco/Bay Area here.

And here.

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About California Women Lead - California Women Lead is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, policy discussion forums, and networking opportunities for women holding – or interested in holding – elected or appointed office.  The report was written by Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead.  For more information about the California Women Lead, its programs to encourage and train women to be leaders in their community and state or to support California Women Lead financially, please visit www.cawomenlead.org.

About The League of Cities Women’s Caucus - The Women’s Caucus is a diversity caucus organized within the League of California Cities. The Women’s Caucus endorses and supports the League of California Cities (LCC) mission to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy in order to enhance the quality of life for all Californians and to support policies that directly promote the development and redevelopment of safe and healthy cities. Our mission, as a bipartisan and multicultural group of elected or appointed officials and their colleagues, is to support women in public office, support issues that affect and benefit women, and provide a network of support for both men and women at the local level who are working to overcome barriers for women.

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Celebrating Women in Politics

Jan PerryWednesday, October 1 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
So Cal Gas Company
555 W. Fifth Street| Los Angeles, CA map 

Please join the California Women Lead State Board of Directors as we recognize our 2014 “If Not You, Then Who” Leadership Class graduates and network with women leaders from the Los Angeles area.

Featuring Special Guest:

Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles

Ms. Perry is also a CA Women Lead State Board member & former Los Angeles City Councilwoman.

Click here to download the event flyer.

TICKETS

Registration for this event is required due to strict building security. No tickets at the door.

FREE for current members of California Women Lead. click here to register»

$20 for non-members BEFORE SEPTEMBER 26, 2014. click here to register»

Tickets are $35 after September 26th.

 

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BlogHer Recap

California Women Lead hosted a suite during BlogHer14, an annual conference that brings together bloggers from all over the world. It was a great networking opportunity for us and also an amazing vehicle for delivering the important message that we need to increase the number of women serving in elected and appointed positions at all levels of government and continue to Enage, Empower and Elect more women into leadership roles in not only California, but worldwide.

Our message was spread through social media with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts buzzing with updates from our events and panels held in the suite. These included

Why & How Women Can Engage in Civic Life
Featured Panelists included:

  • Cassandra Pye, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead; Appointee, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown

California Women Lead & The Plus 1 Project Open House

California Women Lead and Engender Media Group launched the Plus 1 Project. Bloggers and social media influencers were encouraged to post their “Plus 1″ to the voting booth, helping spread the importance that every vote counts.

Current Issues in Health Care for Women & Families
Women’s health issues are among the top policy issues facing women leaders and voters this year. CA Women Lead was joined by a panel of health care practitioners and advocates for a candid discussion on current issues in women’s health and how folks could use their blogs to affect change.

The Girlfriends’ Guide to California Politics

Featured Panelists included:

  • Betty Yee, Candidate for CA State Controller, Vice President of CA Women Lead and Member, CA State Board of Equalization
  • Mary Hughes, Founder, Close the Gap CA
  • Erin Kotecki Vest, Former Political Director, BlogHer & blogger at Queen of Spain
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, APCO Worldwide

A full recap can be viewed in the image below or by clicking here.

BlogHer Recap

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Register Today for Women’s Empowerment Day – OC

featured speakersFriday, September 19 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Experian
475 Anton Blvd. | Costa Mesa
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Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead’s first annual Women’s Empowerment Day in Orange County, a one day event designed to empower women.

This conference provides women with ACTION ITEMS in their personal, professional and political networks and empowers them to consider public service.

Featured speakers include:

  • Honorable Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Honorable Anna Caballero, Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, Office of California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Honorable Fiona Ma, President, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors 
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide

Session topics include empowering your leadership style, empowering your network, empowering your voice and empowering your community.

Additional speakers include:

  • Honorable Lucy Dunn, Member, California Transportation Commission
  • Honorable Cyd Brandvein, Member, California Board of Optometry
  • Honorable Charlene Zettel, Member, University of California Board of Regents (invited)
  • Karen Moore, CEO, Moore Communications
  • Carrie Nocella, Director, Government Relations, Disneyland Resort
  • Abigail Lovell, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Experian
  • Debra Hotaling, Western U.S. Communications, Ford Motor Company
  • Kim Sentovich, Senior Vice President, Pacific Region, Walmart Stores
  • Mary Stutts, Vice President of External Affairs, Comcast NBC Universal California

Click here to download the event flyer

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Click here for more information»

TICKETS

CA Women Lead Member

Early Bird (by August 29th) $75. Members, click here to register»

After August 29th $100. Members click here to register»

Non-Member

Early Bird (by August 29th) $125. Non-members, click here to register»

After August 29th $150. Non-members, click here to register»

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Support Women’s Empowerment Day – Orange County

California Women Lead invites you to support our First Annual “Women’s Empowerment Day – Orange County” on September 19, 2104 in Costa Mesa. Speakers include:

Honorable Mona Pasquil
Cabinet Secretary for Appointments,
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown
Honorable Anna M. Caballero
Cabinet Secretary,
Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (invited)
Honorable Charlene Zettel
Member,
University of California Board of Regents (invited)
Honorable Lucy Dunn
Member,
California Transportation Commission (invited)
Honorable Cyd Branstein
Member,
Board of Optometry
Honorable Fiona Ma
Candidate,
State Board of Equalization,
CA Women Lead State Board of Directors President
Kim Sentovich
Walmart Stores
Carrie Nocella
Disneyland Resort
Abigail Lovell
Experian
Debra Hotaling
Ford Motor Company
Cassandra Pye
APCO Worldwide
Karen Moore
Moore Communications

This conference provides women with ACTION ITEMS they can take with them to implement in their personal and professional lives and empower them to consider public service. We also welcome our partners (at certain levels) to join us Thursday evening prior to the conference for our “Empowered Women Leaders Reception” honoring women elected leaders in Orange County as well as women running for elected office in the November General election.

As a supporter of the conference, you will be among an exclusive group of organizations who partner with California Women Lead. Our partners support our mission to empower women leaders throughout the state. This conference will inspire, connect and engage women to reach their full leadership potential. Not only will your brand be featured at the conference, but will also be highlighted on the California Women Lead website and social media outlets.

Please consider the available sponsorship opportunities. I hope you will consider joining us in empowering women to be the best they can and join us in our mission to help women reach their full leadership potential.

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CA WOMEN LEAD IN THE SPOTLIGHT

CA Women Lead Featured on The California Channel and Working Motherhood Podcast

In case you missed it, Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director of CA Women Lead has recently been featured on two prominent media forums: The Charter California Edition, which airs on The California Channel in every home served by cable in the state and Dr. Portia Jackson’s Working Motherhood Podcast. The California Channel airs not only on Charter, but also on Brighthouse, Comcast, Cox, MediaCom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and Wave Broadband reaching close to six million homes in the Golden State.

Working Motherhood is a daily podcast, founded and hosted by Dr. Portia Jackson, interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring working moms. The Working Motherhood includes everyone from CEOs, teachers, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, cashiers- basically any mom that produces income.

During The Charter California Edition interview, Michelin and CA Women Lead Board Director and Vice President of APCO Worldwide Casandra Pye discussed CA Women Lead’s mission to Engage, Empower and Elect more women in leadership positions across the state. Michelin and Pye also recapped the June Primary Election results, discussed the exciting Controller’s race and summarized the current state of women serving in appointed and elected positions.

Watch the full interview with California Edition Host Brad Pomerance here.

Download and listen in on Michelin’s Working Motherhood podcast and hear how she balances being a successful working mom here.

Michelin’s podcast can also be downloaded on itunes and listened to on Stitcher.

Rachel Michelin- Cal Channel        Cassandra Pye- CA Channel

Working Motherhood Podcast, 7.7

 

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CA Women Lead to be Featured on the California Channel

Cal Channel logoCalifornia Women Lead will soon be featured on the California Edition.

Charter California Edition airs on the California Channel available in every home served by cable in the state.

The California Channel airs not only on Charter, but also on Brighthouse, Comcast, Cox, MediaCom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and Wave Broadband. The California Channel reaches close to six million homes in the Golden State. On the California Channel, Charter California Edition airs at 8:00AM and 8:00PM seven days a week. In Southern California, California Edition also airs on Charter Channel 101, at 9:00AM, 4:00PM and 9:00PM seven days a week.

Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director of CA Women Lead and Cassandra Pye, Director of CA Women Lead will appear on Cal Channel to discuss CA Women Lead’s mission to Engage, Empower and Elect more women in leadership positions across the state. Michelin and Pye will also recap the June Primary Election results, discuss the exciting Controller’s race and summarize the current state of women serving in appointed and elected positions.

We will send a follow up email announcing the specific date the segment will start airing on all of the programs and stations listed above. The information will also be posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. If you haven’t yet, be sure to like and follow us! We will add the segment on our YouTube channel as well.

Thank you to those of you who are members of California Women Lead. We appreciate your support of our mission to engage, empower and elect! If you are not yet a member of California Women Lead, please click here to consider joining our network of empowered women. If you are interested in working with us to bring other California Women Lead programs to your area please email us and we would be happy to find a way to make that happen.

 

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud you for taking the risk of running. Win or lose, you are a role model for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. Thank you for making the decision to run!

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Betty Yee Neck and Neck with Perez in Controllers Race

bettyCalifornia’s initial Primary Election results are still not decided for some races, especially California’s statewide Controller’s Race.

The June Primary election results will be certified on July 11, but thanks to an increasing number of voters voting by mail, there are several counties with votes still being counted.

Betty Yee is practically tied for second place, just a hair behind John Perez with the Counties of Butte, El Dorado, and Monterey now reporting.

In addition to being a candidate for Controller, Yee is Vice President of CA Women Lead’s Board of Directors and is proof of the power of grassroots campaigning. Door-to-door canvassing, phoning voters and hard work has put Yee at the top of this race and she provides a shining example of what CA Women Lead has been saying: if you do not try, you will never win. We will continue to monitor this race closely and congratulate Yee on her courage to run for office and conduct a strong campaign.

CA Women Lead keeps election results like these updated on our website and social media pages. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to visit our website at http://www.CAWomenLead.org. Please also ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

CA Women Lead is also now on Instagram. Be sure to follow us there, too!

Are you a candidate for office in November? We want to know! Please email admin@cawomenlead.org so we can follow your campaign. Not a member of California Women Lead? Your financial support helps us ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT more women throughout the state. We hope you will consider supporting us today!

Sincerely,

Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director
CA Women Lead

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud you for taking the risk of running. Win or lose, you are a role model for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. Thank you for making the decision to run!

California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 organization. As such we do not endorse or contribute to political candidates.
Our goal is to empower women to seek their full leadership potential through education, training and network development.
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Election Results are In! How women fared in the June Primary

CWLWOMEN IN THE CALIFORNIA 2014 JUNE PRIMARY

QUICK RESULTS ANALYSIS 

California Women Lead is proud to share with you our initial analysis of how women fared in the June Primary in the Statewide and State Legislative races. In cases where the results were too close to call, we sided with the female candidate in hopes she will prevail. We will update this report regularly and will release our complete analysis when election results are certified.

Are you a candidate for office in November? We want to know! Please email admin@cawomenlead.org so we can follow your campaign. Not a member of California Women Lead? Your financial support helps us ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT more women throughout the state. We hope you will consider supporting us today!

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN CURRENTLY SERVING:
STATEWIDE**            5
STATE SENATE          12 (7 members not on the primary ballot)
STATE ASSEMBLY    20
TOTAL                            37

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN ON THE JUNE 2014 PRIMARY BALLOT:
STATEWIDE**            15
STATE SENATE          18
STATE ASSEMBLY    58
TOTAL                            91

TOTAL NUMBER OF WOMEN ADVANCING TO THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION:
STATEWIDE**            5
STATE SENATE          7
STATE ASSEMBLY   35
TOTAL                          47

PROJECTIONS OF HOW MANY WILL SERVE POST ELECTION:
STATEWIDE                4 (loss of one)
SENATE                         3; best case 6 (gain of one seat)
STATE ASSEMBLY    16; best case 20 (remains the same)

**includes State Board of Equalization

BEST CASE —  The Women’s Caucus gains one seat in the State Legislature (State Senate); (if in ALL the too close to call races the woman candidate wins)

WORST CASE — The Women’s Caucus decreases by 6 seats to a total of 26 (loss of 2 in the State Senate and 4 in the State Assembly)

California Women Lead is proud of the number of women members whose names appeared on the Primary ballot. On behalf of the State Board of Directors we applaud all women who were candidates in the recent election for taking the risk and running for elected office. Win or lose, they are role models for other women who aspire to become politically engaged. We thank them for making the decision to run!

 

California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 organization.
As such we do not endorse or contribute to political candidates.
Our goal is to empower women to seek their full leadership potential through education,
training and network development.
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California Women Lead in the Sacramento Business Journal

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