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On Sunday March 9th, we set our clocks forward one hour, propelling our lives forward into Spring – the season of rebirth and renewal. With Spring comes the much needed rainy season that replenishes our lakes and nourishes our crops. It welcomes the season of rebirth celebrations from many faiths including Easter and Passover. March is also Women’s History Month, providing us time to recognize the important contribution of women in our City and around the world.
In the leader-rich Bay Area we have become accustomed to seeing women in prominent positions of leadership in every sector. But this is not the case throughout the nation. With women comprising 51% of the US population, women currently hold 99 (or 18.5%) of the 535 seats in the Congress (79 in the 435-member House of Representatives; 20 in the 100-member Senate). In California, our numbers are only slightly better with 32 women (or 26.7%) serving in both the Assembly and the State Senate. Oakland native Kamala Harris is the first woman to ever be elected to serve as the California’s Attorney General, and no woman has ever been elected to serve as governor. Until President Obama signed the Lillie Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, companies were able to avoid prosecution for paying women less on the basis of their gender.
These facts are sobering considering the important role that women play in our economy, democracy and families. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to share with you a few of my favorite facts about how Oakland women have made history:
· In 1908, Oakland hosted the first suffragist rally in the State of California.
· Amelia Earhart stopped in Oakland on her voyage around the world.
· Oakland was the birthplace of many famous women, including entrepreneur and baker Mrs. Fields (cookie anyone?), best-selling author Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife), renowned percussionist Sheila E. and Image Award-winner Keyshia Cole
· Oakland was the home of many famous women, including Delilah Leontium Beasley who was the first African-American woman to be published regularly in a Major U.S. Newspaper (The Oakland Tribune) as well as Ms. Ina Coolbirth who was the first director of the Oakland Free Library (the 2nd library in California), architect Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in California, and the incredible activist, scholar and professor Angela Davis.
· In 1914, Bertha Wright and Mabel Weed, and 28 other women founded Oakland Children’s Hospital which, for the past 100 years, has been committed to treating every child, regardless of their ability to pay for health care.Oaklanders owe a lot to women! Throughout our history, many important successes and
contributions can be attributed to Oakland women. Strengthening our city today means that we must do more to engage girls in positive, constructive activities. Be sure to encourage the girls in your life to dream big and accomplish great things. Let’s continue the Oakland tradition of producing leading ladies in arts, business, industry, faith, government and sports.
Happy Spring - Here’s wishing you all the best of the season!Thanks to the folks who created the Oakland Wiki where our history is being preserved and important information is shared. Visit OaklandWiki.org for more information.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney
West Oakland Community Clean Up - The San Pablo Corridor
Volunteers are Needed
March 22nd will mark the sixth neighborhood clean-up coordinated by the District 3 Council Office. This one will be our biggest and best yet! Please join us in the Hoover, San Pablo, and McClymonds Neighborhoods of West Oakland on Saturday, March 22 from 8:45am-12noon. Breakfast & lunch will be served.
Thank you to our many partners!
TheMovement Church, West Oakland Green Initiative, West Oakland Neighbors, the California Hotel, Hoover Elementary School, Attitudinal Healing Connection, ILWU Local 6, True Vine Ministries, Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere and more!
Please share your announcements, accomplishments, commendations, anniversaries and special occasions with us at email@example.com.