LOS ANGELES. Mayor Karen Bass was among three “record holders” recognized Monday at a ceremony at the California State Capitol honoring women in the California Legislature.
Sonia Christian, the first female chancellor of the California Community College system, and Secretary of State Shirley Weber, the first black woman elected to office, joined Bass, the first female mayor of Los Angeles to be recognized as a “record holder.” ”
Bass also received the Woman of the Year award.
The Woman of the Year Award was established in 1987 by then-Assembly members Bev Hansen, R-Santa Rosa, and Sally Tanner, D-El Monte, who observed that the Legislature had not planned any events for Women’s History Month, which falls on March. .
Celebrating the contributions of distinguished women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner began a tradition whereby each legislator invited one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and receive an award for her achievements.
Bass was selected as Woman of the Year by Senators Stephen Bradford, D-Gardena, and Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, D-Los Angeles.
The Caucus of Legislative Women positions itself as representing and advocating for the diverse interests of women, children, and families across California and seeking to increase women’s participation and representation in state government.
Bass also met with members of the Los Angeles Legislative Assembly delegation while in Sacramento before returning to Los Angeles on Monday evening.