The recent 95th commemoration of Women’s National Equality Day (August 26th) got me thinking about the role of women’s equality in the 34th Dems. I’m not the first woman chair of this organization. I know of three others besides myself. But it still amazes me that I am one of the few women legislative district or county chairs in the state.
Washington Conservation Voters, the political voice for the environment, has named Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34) its 2015 “Legislator of the Year.” Representative Fitzgibbon was honored for his outstanding leadership during the 2015 legislative session and for being one of the state’s strongest environmental leaders.
The 34th Dems is the home of one of the most diverse communities in the state. At our July 8th meeting, we had a presentation on diversity in the 34th, attempting to highlight the profile of our diversity committee and its goals. For a committee to be a committee it needs more than a chair. It needs people who can participate. From its inception, the committee hasn’t produced the hoped for results. This is no criticism of people who have been involved. It’s a daunting task and many put their heart and souls into it. For years the goal has flummoxed the leadership of this organization