Sunday, May 2, 2004
Women in Politics Celebrated
By Debra Dominguez
Journal Staff Writer
Aside from both being high-ranking females in elected office, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano have something else in common.
The two say they believe in the balance women can bring to these offices and that it is essential for the public to support female politicians on local, state and national levels.
"I think as women, we bring different but needed viewpoints to office," Denish said.
The two women were guests Saturday at the 10th Annual Women in Politics Meeting for Las Adelitas, a political action committee which endorses and financially supports pro-choice, Democratic women candidates for state-level offices.
The organization also paid tribute to Denish by awarding her with its Las Adelitas Founders' Award for her service to the pro-choice community.
"I think when you stand up and speak with a strong voice, it's appreciated," Denish said after the ceremony, which attracted about 70 community members and dignitaries, including Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil Giron.
"We have about 200 members in our group statewide, and we've managed to re-engage a lot of our founding members," Las Adelitas board secretary Jessie Keefe. "This 10th anniversary is a real milestone."