More Women Legislators = Progress: Toni Atkins

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California’s women legislators are expanding access to reproductive services.

Example: California became the only state in 2013 to expand reproductive services when Governor Brown signed Assemblymember Toni Atkins’ bill to increase the number of medical professionals who can perform abortions.  This new law both addresses California’s shortage of reproductive health care professionals and reaffirms California’s leadership on women’s health issues.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Hannah-Beth Jackson

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California’s women legislators are enabling families to take care of loved ones who are ill.

Example: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson strengthened California’s Paid Family Leave Program by adding grandparents, grandchildren, parent-in-laws and siblings to the list of relatives for whom workers can receive partial pay while caring for them.  Today, this assistance program encompasses more family circumstances and better allows workers to tend to their ailing family members.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Holly Mitchell

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California’s women legislators support California’s most vulnerable families.

Example: Senator Holly Mitchell devised the “Mitchell Plan” as an Assemblymember and successfully incorporated a 5% raise in CalWORKS cash grants into the budget. This boost to CalWORKS reversed a 5-year trend of annual cuts to the program.  Today, California families in poverty receive more help.

Wanted: More progressive women in the California Legislature.

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More Women Legislators = Progress: Fran Pavley

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California’s women legislators are national policy leaders.

Example:  Senator Fran Pavley’s California bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks prompted Congress to raise the national standard. Today cars and trucks are cleaner and we can all breathe easier.

Wanted: More progressive women serving in office.

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