Representation Matters

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When I take my seat on the floor of the California State Assembly, I do so surrounded by 79 other chairs. And of those 80 chairs—women sit in 24 of them.

Just 24 out of 80. 30%. In CA. In 2020.

This is simply not enough.

If we believe #RepresentationMatters, we must do better.

Nationally, we do an even worse job of ensuring women of color are represented in state legislatures.

There are 2,142 women state legislators. Just 538—25.1%—are women of color.

Women of color constitute just 7.3% of state legislators in America.

Unfortunately, lack of gender parity in legislatures is a global issue. A recent study released by the Council on Foreign Relations looked at legislatures in 193 countries. Just four have women in at least 50% of their legislature’s seats—4 of 193—2.1%.

The US ranks 76th—women make up 24% of Congress.

Fortunately, “women around the world are running for office in unprecedented numbers—and winning.”

With greater gender parity, legislatures are more likely to:

  • find common ground
  • make investments in education and health
  • advance equality


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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