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Women at Lowest Number in CA Legislature Since 2000

This election may have given Democrats supermajorities in both chambers, but it also gave the legislature very few women members. Only 30 women have seats so far out of a total of 120. That’s the lowest number since 2000. But it could increase as two races remain undecided.

Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.  “We need to do a much better job of recruiting local leaders and helping them advance to the state level," she says.

Lowenthal also says important women’s issues like health, safety and equality need a voice because "when we have fewer women in the legislature, many of those issues will go unaddressed.”

She says she’s shocked by the low numbers.

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