Women in the Bay Area - join us on October 15th for a conversation with former SF Supervisor and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. With election season upon us, we'll be talking about Politics and Responsibility. Why does the US still have so few women in office? What's it like to run for office? What needs to happen to achieve gender parity in American politics? And do we have a responsibility to get involved? These are just a few of the questions we'll be discussing with Fiona on October 15th. Regardless of your politics, this conversation promises to be an inspiring one. (Note: While Fiona is running for State Board of Equalization this November, this is not a campaign event).
The proceeds from your ticket, along with some help from our sponsor, cover food and drinks, so come hungry! If you would like to attend but can't afford ticket costs, scholarships are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fiona Ma
Fiona Ma was first elected to represent the people of California's 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum of three terms.) She was the #112th woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to ever serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850.
Fiona formally entered the field of politics in 1995, serving as a part-time district representative for the former President pro Tempore of the California Senate, John Burton. It was a position that would last for seven years, after which she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.
Building on her work combating toxic chemicals in San Francisco, Assemblywoman Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to ban toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. AB 1108 was a first such law in the nation and was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007. It became the model for the federal amendment on the same subject, authored by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, which was signed into law as part of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, she worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, help California's working families pay the bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians. As a joint author of Proposition 1-A, which was approved by voters in November, 2008, she was the legislature's leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California.
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