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Election Brings Few Women to the Legislature

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 12, 2012

This election may have given Democrats supermajorities in both chambers, but it also gave the legislature very few females.

Only 30 women have seats so far - out of a total of 120.

That's the lowest number since 2000.

It could increase as two races remain undecided.

Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.

LOWENTHAL "We need to do a much better job of recruiting local leaders and helping them advance to the state level."

Lowenthal says important women's issues like health, safety and equality need a voice.

LOWENTHAL: "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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