Senator Loni Hancock complains that budget cuts in previous years have already worn down programs that focus on women's health and safety and child care programs. Hancock, like her fellow lawmakers, wore a sticker in the shape of a bull's eye, with the image of a woman and child in the center.
"We are here to say we'd like to go back to the good old days when women and children first meant first in the lifeboats instead of first thrown overboard."
The women are protesting proposed cuts to child care, domestic violence shelters, and breast cancer screenings. But HD Palmer with the state's finance department says the cuts included in Governor Schwarzenegger's budget are equal opportunity reductions.
"The governor is not targeting any particular group whatsoever. The fact that we are continuing to work our way out of the worst recession since the great depression has meant that any number of difficult cuts has had to be put on the table."