California Elects First Female Attorney General
It took nearly a full month to have official results, but Democrat Kamala Harris has finally been named the winner of the California Attorney General’s race, making her the first woman in the state to hold the position.
Via Ms. Magazine:
Her victory is a win for feminists: Raised by a staunch feminist mother, as district attorney, Harris co-sponsored a law making human trafficking illegal in California and fought to strengthen services for victims of domestic violence. Her tough stance on enforcing California’s environmental regulations have made her popular with environmentalists, as well. She has also been a long-time defender of marriage equality, and declared in her acceptance speech that she “will not defend Prop 8,” the law banning same-sex marriage in California.
Harris will be one of two women taking over a state A.G.’s office in 2011, the other being Pam Bondi of Florida. There are six other women currently holding the office across the country.