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  Only 32 of 120 California legislators are women.

Betsy Cotton

Former Director, close the gap CA

Betsy Cotton is a lawyer and women’s rights advocate.  Betsy served as Development Director for The 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures. Betsy worked with public interest law firm Equal Rights Advocates for many years in a variety of roles from Law Fellow to Board Chair. As a lawyer, Betsy has practiced in the areas of gender discrimination, fair housing and consumer protection. She is a member of the Economic Development & Justice Donor Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Betsy has a JD from UCLA. Betsy lives in Oakland with her two teenage daughters.

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