During the 2015-2016 legislative session, Governor Brown signed 11 bills that I authored, including legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape, permanentely extend overtime for domestic workers, require review of environmental justice impacts on local communities, protect communities from lead pipe dangers, improve career technical education, among others.
Young Women's Leadership Conference
In honor of Women’s HERstory month, Senator Leyva partnered with Assemblymember Reyes to host the 3rd Annual Young Women’s Leadership Conference at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, March 24, 2017. Over 130 young women from the Inland Empire, the majority hailing from San Bernardino, gathered to hear messages of education, empowerment and even a practical life-skills session led by the Senator herself. Assemblymember Reyes delivered remarks about her inspiring story as the daughter of immigrants, the first Latina to open up a law firm in the Inland Empire and her new role as a state legislator.
Dr. Jackie Filla from Mount Saint Mary’s University discussed the university’s commissioned Report on the Status of Women while her counterpart, Dr. Rosalyn Kempf led a session entitled “How do YOU lead?”. Allison VanKuiken from Equality California led an advocacy training session and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice led a workshop on environmental justice. The program ended with a meditation session led by Dr. Rosalyn Milenkiewicz from Kaiser Permanente.
Conference participants left Cal State San Bernardino energized, enthusiastic and empowered, while wearing their conference T-shirts with the slogan, “She Persisted”. Stay tuned for the next conference at Cal Poly Pomona in November!
~“Empowered Women, Empower Women.”