April 20 Meeting Discusses Equal Pay and Equal Rights

Full House Hears About Equal Pay

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee had a full house for our Monday, April 20, dinner and program covering the topic of equal pay for women. Speakers were State Assemblyman Marc Levine and Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director of SF Equal Rights Advocates. Both speakers were very articulate on SB358, which addresses persisting inequities in women’s pay and the reasons why it has been a long time coming for women to receive equal pay for doing work comparable to that of their male colleagues. Also addressed were several other bills pending in the California State Legislature on issues affecting women and their families including raising the minimum wage. Levine also noted that many of the top positions in the Legislature are held by women. The event was held at the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur. Dinner was provided by Barbara Matas.

Upcoming Events: New Members Tea — May 18th. High Tea from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Belrose Theater, San Rafael.Candidates Workshop — June 15th at Redwood Presbyterian Church

MWPAC’s Elected Women’s Luncheon

MWPAC’s annual Elected Women’s Luncheon honoring elected women officials and young women student leaders was a big success. The weather cooperated with a lovely, warm Spring-like day. Some 83 people filled the room at The Club at McInnis Park.

Guest speaker newly elected State Controller Betty Yee outlined the many duties of her office, which she has only been in for two months, and the many projects already underway. Speaking to the young women, she emphasized getting some education in finance, no matter what professional field they might enter.
Keynote Speaker Nancy Skinner, who was just termed out after three terms in the State Assembly, traced her career, from being the first and only UC Cal student to be elected to the Berkeley City Council, to her future plans to run for the State Senate. She advised the young students to keep in contact with people they meet throughout their academic career and into their early profession. These people can be invaluable contacts through life, she said.

The students each received a rose, and proclamations from Congressman Jared Huffman, State Senator Mike McGuire, and Assemblyman Marc Levine.

Election Night Wrap Up

Guest speakers Greg Brockbank, attorney and former San Rafael City councilman; Jeanne MacLeamy, architect and Novato City Council Member, and Brad Breithaupt, Opinion Page Editor of the Marin IJ, discuss the outcome of November 4th, 2014 election, locally and beyond.

Candidates Endorsement Night

Three endorsed for Marin Healthcare Board

The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee held its Endorsement Night Sept. 22 and members voted to endorse Evelyn Foster, Jennifer Hershon and Jennifer Rienks for the Marin Healthcare District board of directors. The group also voted to recommend Jonathan Leone for Sausalito City Council.

MWPAC members can recommend male candidates who support our issues if they are not directly running against a qualified woman, and receive 51 per cent of the votes. In the case of Sausalito, there were two seats open and only one woman running. In the case of the Marin Municipal Water District Board, Division 3, Candidate Larry Bragman received enough votes to block Incumbent Liza Crosse’s endorsement. Bragman was critical of the Board’s handling of several issues.

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