Emerge CA Hosts LA Reception for New Class this Saturday Night

Contact: Lindsay Bubar (818) 516-4697

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Emerge CA Hosts LA Reception for New Class this Saturday Night

Social Justice Advocate Sandra Fluke Scheduled to Speak

Los Angeles, CA – In a city of nearly 3.8 million, only one woman sits on the fifteen-member Los Angeles City Council. Emerge California, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, is working to fix the gender disparity in political office that exists here and across the state. The organization is hosting its Los Angeles Reception on Saturday night.

Forty-seven women were chosen for the Emerge CA Class of 2016 following a rigorous selection process. Nearly half of this year’s class comes from cities in Southern California including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Moreno Valley, Temecula, Irvine, and Fullerton. Here are bios of the class: http://www.emergeca.org/alumnae?year=2016

“We are excited to begin the training year in Los Angeles with our largest class ever of women leaders,” said Emerge California Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “They come from over 30 cities and 12 counties across the state, range in age from 21 to 63, and represent a wide range of professions including technology, healthcare, education and public service. Seventy-three percent are women of color. This class reflects California’s diversity, and their voices will represent all of us when they win seats in public office.”

Following a daylong training event, the class will attend a fundraiser reception on Saturday night at The Line Hotel to hear remarks from social justice advocate Sandra Fluke. With the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade this weekend, Sandra is expected to talk about the importance of gender parity in office and how it relates to women’s reproductive rights.

Who:         Emerge California

What:        Los Angeles Reception

When:        Saturday, January 23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where:       The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles      

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained over 300 women. Fifty percent of those women have run for public office or been appointed to local and statewide boards or commissions. Of those who have run, nearly 70% have won their races. In addition, 50% of Emerge graduates are women of color.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Bubar, lindsay@emergeca.org



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