During the State Assembly’s annual Woman of the Year celebration, held earlier this month, I was honored to receive the award from the 25th Assembly District’s Bob Wieckowski. This annual event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987, highlighting the achievements of outstanding women throughout California during Women’s History Month. This year’s theme was the passage of women’s right to vote in California in 1911.
The speeches of the day focused on how far we have come—or not come, in electing women to public office. It got me thinking about the past few decades in Santa Clara County, and what has happened to women being elected to local public office. When I came to Bill Wilson Center in 1983, our area was heralded as the Political Feminist Capital of the World.