As an ardent feminist activist and fourth-generation San Franciscan, I am heartbroken to learn of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s passing.
Reflecting on my time as a young adult in San Francisco, starting my first “real” job, I vividly recall the immense pride I felt watching her in action. There, in the heart of our city, I observed our sophisticated mayor, Dianne Feinstein, with her jet-black hair and formidable shoulder pads- a symbol of strength and resilience. She moved with purpose, surrounded by her dedicated team, all in a bustle, coming and going from city Hall, right next door.
During that era, long before I developed my own interest in the world of politics, Ms. Feinstein was already lightyears ahead of me, blazing trails, crashing down glass ceilings, and smoothing the path I would eventually follow as a young woman in the professional world.
Senator Feinstein has remained an unwavering point of reference, a constant beacon, much like the North Star, not only in my own life but also in the realm of U.S. politics in Washington. Her impact extended beyond the nation’s capital, resonating globally and notably among the women of Democrats Abroad.
In 1992, the “Year of the Woman,” when Dianne Feinstein ventured to Washington and a record number of women had been elected to serve, feminist activists in Paris were inspired to establish the Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus. Those of us who have since followed have continued to look to our trailblazers in Washington for guidance and inspiration. We remain committed to this tradition as new, formidable women leaders step up to inspire us.
While today I am devastated by the loss of such a dynamic and influential leader, I take comfort in the knowledge that her legacy endures through the progress she championed and the millions of women like myself whom she inspired.
I am confident that her work will be carried forward by the many talented women in California and across the nation who will walk in her footsteps, advancing her vision for a more equitable future.
Ann Hesse, Chair DA Global Women’s Caucus
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