Book Talk: Paving the Way-Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
109 Moses Hall - IGS Library
UC Berkeley
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Come join us for a dialogue among authors Steve Swatt, Susie Swatt, Rebecca LaVally and Jeff Raimundo. In conversation with former Assemblymember Dion Aroner and former Senator Liz Figueroa moderated by IGS Director Lisa Garcia Bedolla.

"Paving the Way brings to life the remarkable stories of extraordinary women- many of them lost to history- who overcame discrimination and entrentched stereotypes to make exceptional contributions to California's rich political history ." -Tony Atkins

"Women's struggle for representation and influence in California politics has been long and difficult. Paving the Way vividly tells the tale of that struggle- the blatant sexism that women leaders faced, the tough fighters who won the early battles, the inspiring moments of success- and serves as a road map for all the work that remains to be done. We must face the hard lessons of the past if we are to build a truly inclusive California of the future." -Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Director; Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

About the Authors

Steve Swatt is a veteran political analyst and public affairs executive. He is a former award-winning political reporter with twenty-five years of journalism experience with the San Francisco Examiner, United Press International in Los Angeles, and KCRA-TV (NBC) in Sacramento. He received a BS in business administration and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Susie Swatt is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. She spent nearly forty years as a key staff member in the California Legislature. As a special assistant for the Fair Political Practices Commission, she researched and authored a study that won a national award for “investigative work in the public interest."

Rebecca LaVally, Ph.D., teaches rhetorical criticism, persuasion, and political communication at California State University, Sacramento. She is a former editor of the California senate’s public-policy research office and a former Sacramento bureau chief for United Press International and Gannett News Service.

Jeff Raimundo has spent more than twenty-five years as a political and public-relations consultant based in Sacramento. Previously, he enjoyed a twenty-five-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor with the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers in Sacramento and Washington, DC.

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