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Bettina Duval

Entries by Bettina Duval

Leading a New Wave of Women Into Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:35 PM

The number of women holding state office in California is at an all-time low. The percentage of women in the state legislature peaked in 2005 -- at 30.8 percent -- and has been falling ever since.

We've lost one woman in the legislature during each of the past eight years....

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(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2009 | 6:09 PM

A few days ago my daughter phoned from college with the news that she had been asked to run for the Executive Branch of student government at college. This comes as no surprise since this year Elizabeth was elected to serve on her student Senate. Bubbling with excitement, Elizabeth relayed,...

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Congratulations Hilda Solis!

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 7:43 PM

Congratulations to Congresswoman Hilda Solis who was confirmed as Secretary of Labor last week!

Secretary Hilda Solis is one of the reasons that I founded the CALIFORNIA List. I was working for EMILY's List and met then Califoria State Senator Hilda Solis, who was running for Congress. She was...

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Undermining the Pipeline: Caroline Kennedy's Lack of Experience

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 2:58 PM

There are 16 women serving in our United States Senate. With the election of Jeanne Shaheen there will be 17 women. When Hillary Clinton becomes the Secretary of State, we'll be back to 16 women. If Caroline Kennedy succeeds her in New York, we'll be at 17 women; however, this...

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A Few Good Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 5:20 PM

Although we have had one woman running for President and one female vice-presidential candidate, the 2008 election was not a complete success for women. We elected ten new women to the House and two to the Senate, but also suffered bitter defeats in House races where incredibly qualified challengers like...

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Parental Notification, From Juno to Juneau

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 6:20 PM

Why are we all in shock that a woman whose current residence is the Governor's mansion in Juneau would be chosen as the GOP vice presidential nominee? Perhaps it is because she is so cold to our view of democracy and women's rights that her ideals could have a terrifying...

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Title IX: From High School Gyms to Beijing

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 7:00 PM

As the Olympic games closed yesterday, the number of women athletes winning gold medals was significant. It reminded me of a recent trip I made to see athletes that were not yet at the level of these girls representing America on the world stage, but no less inspiring: the Girls...

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Debra Bowen's Profile In Courage Award

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2008 | 4:24 PM

Last year as I watched Debra Bowen being sworn in as Secretary of State I couldn't help but feel this was a momentous achievement in history. As Secretary of State, Debra Bowen would be heading the governmental body in California responsible for overseeing voter rights and the accountability of the...

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A Lesson From California

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2008 | 11:32 PM

Perhaps the rest of the country should take a lesson from the California political arena. While the national Democratic primaries continue to fight over the presidential nomination going to a woman or an African-American, we have solved that issue. Last week our State Assembly elected District 47 Assemblywoman Karen Bass...

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