Fiona Ma for State Assembly

Women encouraged to seek leadership posts in politics


Women aren’t represented in equal numbers in gubernatorial appointed positions or the California Legislature, and a statewide organization is hoping Ventura County leaders can help change that.

California Women Lead, a nonpartisan women’s leadership association, hosted a training Thursday in Oxnard to inspire and recruit local women for leadership positions at the state level.

“We’re working very hard to try to balance this, and we want to support women who are interested in serving,” said Fiona Ma, California Women Lead state board member and former speaker pro tem of the State Assembly, who helped organize the event. “We want to make sure we have a pool of women here who can represent this area.”

About 100 women attended the training, held at the Tower Club, including many local politicians, businesswomen and community leaders.