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Barbie for President: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the White House Project and the Influence of Women in Leadership

Over the past 30 years, I have served the political arena in several roles—as an elected official, healthcare advocate, and most recently as a public affairs consultant. On panels and at events I’ve attended throughout my career, I’ve consistently heard the age-old question: “Can women have it all?” It’s a question that challenges women, who…

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Mary Hayashi – Why Women Run For Office

Mary Hayashi - Why Women Run for Office

As a woman who has ventured into government and politics, I am keenly aware of the importance of women’s representation in these spheres. My name is Mary Hayashi, and I have had the privilege of serving as a California State Assemblywoman from 2006 to 2012 and as a Commissioner of the California Mental Health Services…

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Mary Hayashi’s Reading Recommendations

Mary Hayashi Reading Recommendations

Are you ready to dive into the world of thought-provoking books that challenge our perceptions and shed light on important societal issues? Books have the incredible power to transport us, expand our perspectives, and ignite meaningful conversations. In this blog post, I am thrilled to recommend two captivating books that have impacted me: “The Likability…

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Mary Hayashi – Mental Health Organization Spotlight: Didi Hirsch

Mary Hayashi - Mental Health Organization Spotlight

Hi there, I’m Mary Hayashi, and I’m excited to share my experience with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Mental health has always been important to me, and I’ve advocated for mental health resources and awareness for many years. Didi Hirsch, Mental Health Services, is a non-profit organization providing mental health and substance abuse services to…

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Mary Hayashi – The lack of healthcare workforce in rural and underserved areas

Mary Hayashi - Healthcare in rural areas

In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the shortage of healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas. This shortage has significant consequences for healthcare access and outcomes in these areas. For example, patients may have to travel long distances to access healthcare services, face long wait times for appointments or emergency care,…

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Mary Hayashi – Lack of Women of Color in Government

Mary Hayashi - Women of Color in Government

In the halls of power, where decisions that shape our society are made, a resounding absence cannot be ignored. Despite our tremendous progress, a glaring disparity remains in the need for more representation of women of color in elected offices. The underrepresentation of women of color in government is a critical issue that demands our…

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Mary Hayashi – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Mary Hayashi - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

As an Asian American woman who has navigated the political landscape, I believe it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of other Asian women. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of Asian women in politics and the progress we have made in recent years.…

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Mary Hayashi – The Dark Side of Social Media: Online Abuse and Harassment of Women in Politics

Mary Hayashi - The Dark Side of Social Media

As a former California State Assemblywoman and a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equality, I know firsthand the challenges women face in politics. One of the most significant challenges is the prevalence of online abuse, harassment, and gender bias misinformation on social media platforms. While social media can positively affect politics and campaigning, such…

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