Mary Hughes, founder of Close the Gap, an organization dedicated to electing progressive women to elected office, gave an inspiring talk to a sold-out crowd at a DWC luncheon Feb. 25. During a talk titled “Opportunities for Women to Regain Our Ground in 2018,” Hughes gave an update on the status of elected women in the California Legislature and provided some practical tips for recruiting women to enter electoral politics.
Hughes has played a pivotal role in the election of numerous women to public office in California and brings a wealth of practical electoral experience into her talks. Unfortunately, women lost seats in the California legislature in the most recent election. This work seems all the more important given the election of the misogynist-in-chief as our new president. At the lunch, DWC members also voted to give $475 to the organization to support its work statewide.