As we celebrate Women’s History Month during the Lynwood Centennial, we’d like to note the great number of women leaders in our community.
Did you know that half of the City of Lynwood’s elected officials are women?
The City is led by Mayor Marisela Santana who was selected last year and includes Councilmember Rita Soto, City Clerk Maria Quiñonez and City Treasurer Gabriela Camacho.
Additionally, the acting City Manager is Michelle Ramirez and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Century Station is led by Captain Yolanda Figueroa. The Lynwood Unified School Board President is Maria Lopez who serves with Board Member Alma Carina Castro.
All five of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are women including Holly Mitchell (who represents Lynwood), Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, Sheila Keuhl and Hilda Solis. By the way, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the country and our population is greater than 41 individual states. And it’s governed by an all women board!
At the state level, we have four statewide elected officials including Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, who is the first woman ever elected to that position. Shirley Weber was just appointed California’s Secretary of State when Alex Padilla was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Fiona Ma is State Treasurer and Betty Yee is state controller.
About one-third of our state legislators are women including Lynwood’s State Senator Lena Gonzalez.
And, on the national level, Vice President Kamala Harris, the first-ever woman to hold that seat.
Women are making history in Lynwood, California and the US!