Letter to the SF Board of Supervisors
On Wednesday, December 1, 2010 SFWPC delivered the following letter to each Supervisor and Supervisor-Elect in order to remind them about the jarring discrepancy in the percentage of women voters and the percentage of women in elected office, and to highlight important policy issues that affect women and families city-wide.
The San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC) commends the members of the Board of Supervisors on realizing the gravity of the upcoming selection of an Interim Mayor. A seamless transition is essential to the safety and well being of all San Francisco citizens, businesses and visitors. We applaud the time and thought put into developing an open selection process scheduled for December 7, 2010.
SFWPC is committed to being a positive partner in the San Francisco political family. We seek to promote issues that are important to keeping women and families in San Francisco as well as our core values:
- – Appoint and elect women to public office and positions of political leadership
- A political process that is transparent, accessible, and responsive to better serve the needs and interests of women
- Safe, livable and green communities
- Livable wages and pay equity for equal work
- Accessible quality public services, including education, health care, senior services, and child care
- Reproductive freedom
- Elimination of violence against women
- Eradication of all forms of discrimination against women and girls
We know that diverse perspectives are essential to good policy, especially when ensuring that the voices of women are represented. That is why we are perplexed by the last few weeks of media coverage and reports of internal discussions regarding candidates for Interim Mayor.
Women make up 51% of the population, yet have represented nearly zero percent (0%) of the candidates named as serious contenders for Interim Mayor. There are many talented, accomplished San Francisco women who are qualified to serve in the position. These women must be considered and vetted.
We strongly suggest that, as the Board of Supervisors makes their nominations on December 7, 2010, thirty to fifty percent of those nominations should be viable female candidates and the entire list of nominations should reflect the diversity of our city population.
We are speaking to establish the presence of women in the selection of Interim Mayor and to point out the glaring absence of these perspectives. SFWPC has not currently endorsed a particular individual for the position. We are happy to work with any of you willing to discuss our list of possible candidates.
San Francisco has been a worldwide leader in so many important social equality issues from CEDAW ratification to same-sex marriage. We must take a powerful stand to ensure that all voices are heard in the process of government.
SFWPC Board of Directors
Heidi L. Sieck, President
cc: Members of the Board of Supervisors
Malia Cohen. Supervisor – elect
Mark Farrell, Superviser – elect
Jane Kim, Supervisor – elect
Scott Wiener, Supervisor – elect