Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Congratulations Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn

The National Women’s Political Caucus, LA Westside Chapter, would like to congratulate Congresswoman-elect Janice Hahn on her successful campaign to represent California’s 36th Congressional District. 

Tuesday, Janice defeated Tea Party candidate Craig Huey, winning by almost 9%. Hahn is a strong advocate for women’s rights and we were proud to support her in her campaign. In light of the growing attacks on women by extremists in Congress, NWPC saw this election as critical in defending any attempts to roll-back women’s fundamental rights in America. Janice Hahn was the only choice for women in this race.

If Huey was elected, he was prepared to support the Tea Party's extremist agenda, which will no doubt resurface in Congress next year, continuing the war on women, choice and critical funding for health services for men, women and children.

In addition to facing a candidate who had a strong anti-women, anti-choice agenda, Hahn faced extreme sexist attacks in this race. These attacks serve as a reminder that we must continue to fight for gender equity in politics. With more women at the table we will ensure that these attacks against choice and women's health are no longer a possibility. "The National Women's Political Caucus continues to strive for full equality, to ensure women have equal participation in the political process and have our interests fully represented and advocated for. This situation reminds us that we have a long way to go," says Lindsay Bubar, President, NWPC LA Westside.

As we send another pro-choice woman to Congress, we must focus on the seat Hahn is vacating. With Hahn leaving the Los Angeles City Council, and a list of four men gearing up to replace her, we will be left with only one woman on a City Council of one of the largest cities in the country. And even scarier, the remaining woman, Councilmember Jan Perry, terms out in 2013. Join NWPC LA Westside to ensure we do not see a City Council of all men in two years!

Though the fight for gender equity in politics is not over, we are proud of Hahn’s victory and are confident that she will be successful in Washington!

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