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As we work here in California to encourage more women to enter political life, here’s an inspiring success story from New Jersey. Wilda Diaz, a Democrat, first ran for office at 51 and become the city’s first-ever woman mayor. Now she’s a rising star.

November 20 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In this moving statement, UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka underscores the need for committed worldwide action to end what she calls “one of the most tolerated…human rights violations,” saying: “It is not acceptable. It is not inevitable. It can be prevented.”

The DWMC supports age-appropriate sex education as a key component of reproductive health policy. This article from the Ms. Magazine blog, “What a Truly Effective Sex Ed Curriculum Looks Like,” explains why programs that include a focus on gender equality and power dynamics are more effective than other kinds of programs.


After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.'

- Anna Quindlen