College of the Canyons and the nonpartisan organization California Women Lead, held a workshop geared towards women who are interested in public service Wednesday at the University Center.
The event, which was open to both men and women, provided attendees with a list of local and state board vacancies and information pertaining to community volunteer work.
California’s Department of Business Oversight Legal Deputy Commissioner, Lila Mirrashidi and Executive Director of California Women Lead, Rachel Michelin, both spoke about how to navigate the process of appointment and offered advice on how to complete the necessary requirements.
Michelin explained that locally there has been an increase in the number of women holding city council and mayoral positions, from 27% prior to the November election to 29% post election. In contrast, there has been a decrease in the number of women holding public office in legislative positions. Michelin hopes however that Hilary Clinton’s announcement to run for president will encourage more women to run.
“I think the impact of when you saw the commercial, the end line was ‘I’m Hillary Clinton and Im running for President.’ That had an impact regardless of political party because it sends the message that women can compete for the highest elected office in the United State so hopefully it will inspire.” said Michelin.
Santa Clarita City Mayor, Marsha McLean has a clear message to women who are considering running for government. “If you want to do something, don’t let anyone tell you that you cant. Follow your dreams and if its something that you want to do, make sure that you keep working towards it. Don’t feel discouraged and just do what you feel you really want to do.” said McLean.
Senator Sharon Runner of the 21st District, her husband Vice Chairman of the Board of Equalization George Runner and California’s Secretary of Appointments Mona Pasquil we’re scheduled to speak at the event but we’re unable to attend.