I too have many stories of discrimination because I am a WOMAN & woman of COLOR. However, today’s main theme at the Women’s March was stressing the importance of hermanas running for office. I want to share with you a little about my first run for public office. In 2010, as a mother living in the East Side, I decided to challenge the “East San José political machine.” I was told by many that I should wait my turn, I wasn’t the right fit, or that I should continue to be a stay at home mom. But I persisted, although I did not win my first campaign, I never gave up. It set me up to win a seat on the local school board, and then run again and finally win. This mom of four, a former social worker, sister, and daughter defeated a sitting incumbent Councilmember for the first time ever in San José history! So to all my sisters out there: be persistent! Together we will succeed!
And today, as I attended the Women’s March rally with my family, I was reminded why it’s important to support our women and thank our men. As a mother of three beautiful and intelligent girls and one amazing son, I have often been asked why women’s issues matter to me. The expected response would be because of my “three” daughters, but I answer because of my son. I have raised my girls to be strong and independent BUT it is my son whom I have the highest of expectations to advocate, to respect, and mostly to be kind to women. So to all the men that marched with us today, to those that love us & support us, mentor us, and expect us to be true to ourselves, I thank you!