As we move into Women’s History Month, it is nice to report that the new speaker of the California State Assembly is Karen Bass, an African American assemblywoman from Los Angeles. She moved from being executive director of the nonprofit Community Coalition working to improve life for residents of South Los Angeles into the political center of California government. She brings an important voice representing community welfare and other so-called “women’s issues” at the statehouse. It is good for the state, and good for women in general, to have strong, diverse women’s voices making decisions at the center of power. It’s not that we begrudge men their place in government, and we appreciate the work done by outgoing speaker, Fabio Nunez, but a wider representation helps everyone. The brave women who started the League of Women Voters 88 years ago can rest easy–their work is bearing fruit.
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