We Still Have Work to Do

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Buffy Wicks and her daughter. Photo originally posted on Twitter.
  • “You shouldn’t bring your daughter to events—not a good look for a mom.”
  • “Try not to mention your daughter—people will wonder why you aren’t with her.”
  • “Who will watch her while you’re in Sacramento?”

👆🏼 All asked, or said, to me during my first campaign for California AD15—in the East Bay—*in 2018*.

Such questions come as no surprise to any mom who has ever run for office.

Women without kids face their own set of questions—“Will you have kids? If not—why not?”

FiveThirtyEight just released a wonderful series with women sharing their stories from the campaign trail.

More women hold office now, than ever before. But—as our experiences show—sharing our stories is still relevant. Still necessary.

And we must support one another.

That’s why I joined women from around the Bay, to support Vote Mama—who work to elect to office more moms with young kids.

Vote Mama was founded by Liuba Grechen Shirley — who, during her run for Congress, petitioned the FEC and became the first woman to have childcare recognized as a valid campaign expense.

Last year, California followed her lead with AB220—allowing California candidates to use campaign funds for childcare.

My daughter means the world to me.

I ran for office — I do this work — *because* of her. Because I want a world where she, and all little girls, can thrive.

But the hard truth is—we still have work to do. That means more women stepping up & running.

Because representation *matters*.

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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