Women’s Equality Day Rally in Sacramento
Over 100 advocates, politicians, and community members gathered on the steps of the California State Capitol on August 26 to assert the political power of women through lifting up the Stronger California Legislative Agenda.
The day was Women’s Equality Day, which marks the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution giving women the right (but not always the opportunity) to vote. This was one of the early steps toward ensuring women’s access to the political process, so it was fitting to welcome U.S. Representative Doris Matsui, State Senators Holly Mitchell and Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. The Stronger California Advocates Network, which put on the rally, was also proud to welcome a coalition of interfaith leaders including Rev. Joy Johnson of Sacramento. Women workers like Maria de Jesus, from Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and Kamica Cooper, a member of Parent Voices, shared their personal stories with media and the audience. Each of the women spoke about the intersection of the economic issues they face as they struggle to provide for their families and build toward their futures.
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