John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of California NOW. California NOW is the California state branch of the National Organization for Women, which is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States, and advocates for the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
“John Chiang has been a proven advocate for women and families, fighting for pay equity, reproductive justice, and so much more throughout his entire life,” said Kolieka Seigle, President of California NOW. “John has made it clear that he’ll make combating sexual harassment in our Capitol a top priority, and is bringing a much needed gender equity lens to the state budget to solve issues like the epidemic of untested rape kits in our state. John has always been a champion for women, and California NOW trusts John to invest in women, our families, and California’s future. We stand with John and proudly give him our strongest endorsement to be California’s next governor.”
“I want to thank California NOW for their endorsement and tireless work to empower women and fight for the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Chiang. “We must continue to knock down the barriers that hold women back, whether it is standing up to sexual harassment and abuse, providing access to health and reproductive services, increasing women representation in government and the private sector, or guaranteeing paid family and medical leave. Once again, I thank California NOW for their endorsement and support, and promise that they and all Californians can trust me to continue to stand with women in their fight for equality.”
California NOW is the latest major endorsement for Chiang’s campaign, joining the Culver City Democratic Club, UNAC/UHCP, AFSCME District Council 36, Fontana Dems, NPE Action, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38), Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, the AAPI Democratic Club of San Diego, and so many others.
As a private citizen, a member of the state Board of Equalization, as state controller, and as state treasurer, Chiang has consistently fought for women across California:
- Before serving as an elected official, Chiang served on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles for 12 years, where he fought to protect vital reproductive health services for women and their right to choose.
- Chiang is the only candidate for governor to put forward a plan to prevent sexual harassment and abuse in Sacramento and throughout state government.
- Chiang came up with the idea of giving $20 million in ‘lifeline grants’ to California’s 1,200 community health clinics, ensuring women and families could receive access to preventative health services and other vital health needs.
- Chiang’s “30 and 30” plan calls on all corporations doing business with CalPERS and CalSTRS to have a diverse board comprised of at least 30 percent women and 30 percent people of color.
- 60 percent of Treasurer Chiang’s office is comprised of women, and more than 80 percent of the treasurer’s senior leadership is comprised of women or individuals of color.
- Last month, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Chiang joined women activists from the Campaign to Abolish Statutes of Limitation on Rape and Sexual Assault, Hollywood NOW, California Peace Action, the Sacramento Chapter of the Handmaid Coalition, and MeToo March International to announce the circulation of a petition they created to end the backlog of 13,000 untested rape kits in the State of California and called for all rape kits to immediately be tested.
- If the backlog isn’t addressed by January of next year, Chiang has pledged to immediately fund this effort and test all remaining rape kits as governor.