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Women in California Politics Foundation Board of Directors

I am thrilled to announce my appointment to the Women in California Politics Foundation's board of directors. As a passionate advocate for gender equality in politics, I am eager to contribute to the foundation's mission of empowering and advancing women in the political landscape of California.

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Book Review by The Representation Project

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"Women in Politics: Breaking Down the Barriers to Achieve True Representation"" by Mary Chung Hayashi is #MediaWeLike! đź“š

The book shares inspiring stories and insights of trailblazing women in politics, as well as Hayashi's own journey as a former state assemblymember. The importance of meaningful representation and inclusive leadership is at the heart of the book—a sentiment that we share and uplift in our own work. We were honored to see #MissRepresentation referenced within its pages. Our work has always championed the importance of women's representation, including and especially in positions of leadership. #RepresentationMatters

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Women in the U.S. face significant challenges when they decide to enter the political arena.

Read Melissa Miller Young's review of Women in Politics on drnancyoreilly.com.

Mary spoke with Amy Allebest on the Breaking Down Patriarchy podcast to discuss her book, Women in Politics, and the barriers which dissuade women from entering the political sphere including ambition gaps, the imagination barrier, perceptions of motherhood, and the challenge of fundraising.

Mary Hayashi, a prominent figure in California politics, has consistently championed women’s rights and emphasized the importance of their involvement in politics. Going beyond her legislative responsibilities, she has expanded her influential footprint by authoring a compelling book titled "Women in Politics: Breaking Down Barriers to Achieve True Representation." This empowering and eye-opening book is a must-read. To learn more about her latest book, read on.

Mary Hayashi - Empowering the Women of the Future
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Dee Martin on Madam Policy about my new book #Womenin Politics. We explore each of the major sections of my book, why I’m compelled to write, and what advice I would give to my 24 YO self.

Title: Award-Winning Author Mary Chung Hayashi, Women in Politics: Breaking Down the Barriers to Achieve True Representation

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** TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains a discussion of death by suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

Award-winning author and former California State Assemblymember, Mary Chung Hayashi, is a trailblazer and a leading advocate for women’s health. Throughout her career, Mary has shaped policy and created history. In 2006, Mary became the first Korean American woman elected to the California State Assembly. Mary is a fierce healthcare advocate, became the first director of the Asian Pacific Islanders for Choice and later founded the trailblazing National Asian Women’s Health Organization.

Mary joins host Dee Martin to discuss her new book, Women in Politics: Breaking Down the Barriers to Achieve True Representation. Want to know how Mary and Dee might have crossed paths in the 90’s? What is the "imagination barrier"? Can I still get this book for the women in my life before the holidays? Find out the answer to all of these questions and learn so much more!

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JORDAN SEGUNDO ANCHOR/REPORTER for GoodDay Sacramento, KMAX/CBS News and Stations covered the Holiday donation drive in support of My Sister’s House!

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, former California State Assemblymember Mary Chung Hayashi, and local leaders to host a holiday donation drive.

Award-winning author and former California State Assemblymember Mary Chung Hayashi will co-host a holiday donation drive at Capital Books on Thursday, December 14, 2023, from 4 to 6 PM.  Author Mary Chung Hayashi will gift a signed copy of her new book Women in Politics to anyone who donates to My Sister’s House at the event. California State Treasurer Fiona Ma has also committed to matching 100 percent of the donations made during the event.

Award-winning author and former California State Assemblymember Mary Chung Hayashi will co-host a holiday donation drive at Capital Books on Thursday, December 14, 2023, from 4 to 6 PM. Author Mary Chung Hayashi will gift a signed copy of her new book Women in Politics to anyone who donates to My Sister’s House at the event. California State Treasurer Fiona Ma has also committed to matching 100 percent of the donations made during the event.

In Women in Politics, award-winning author and healthcare leader Mary Chung Hayashi offers a riveting exploration of the strides made by women in government. This essential, contemporary analysis bridges the gap between past and present, blending Mary’s personal journey as an Asian American immigrant and former California State Assemblymember with the inspiring stories of trailblazing women in political leadership. 

Featuring interviews and insightful discussions, Mary brings to life the trials and triumphs of these women, showcasing their invaluable contributions to political landscapes and the transformative power of their perseverance. Her work sheds light on the ongoing struggles for gender-political parity and serves as a call to action: we must actively participate in shaping our democracy. Women in Politics is not just a book; it’s a tribute to women’s political journey and a compass guiding us all toward a future of inclusive leadership and a truly representative democracy.

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