Women’s Party Gain Seats in California Student Government
Candidates from a coalition of the women’s party and other liberal parties won six of 20 senate seats in the Associated Students of the University of California. Renee Dall was the first women’s party candidate to win one of five executive office positions. The only remaining autonomous student government in the U.S., the ASUC represents 30,000 students and manages a budget of over $60 million. Both Dall and winning senator Courtney Powers, a former Feminist Majority intern, were inspired to run for the offices by discussion of politics and the importance of participation in student government at the Feminist Expo in February. They plan to mobilize students to defeat the anti-affirmative action initiative in California and to promote other feminist causes.
Media Resources: The Daily Californian - April 22, 1996; The Feminist Majority
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