Female Lawmakers, Staffers and Lobbyists Launch Website, Speak Out on ‘Pervasive’ Harassment in State Capitol

A state legislator who was groped by a male lobbyist weeks after she was sworn into office. A legislative staffer-turned-lobbyist who for years would only wear pantsuits in order to project a “business-only” air. A government affairs director who faced inappropriate advances from an associate in full view of male colleagues who seemed oblivious as it happened.

A screenshot of the website launched by women in California politics decrying what they call a "pervasive" culture of harassment in the Capitol.

A screenshot of the website launched by women in California politics decrying what they call a “pervasive” culture of harassment in the Capitol.

As Hollywood takes a hard look at itself in the wake of the spiraling Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, the women of California politics are publicly declaring: Us too.

More than 140 women — including legislators, Capitol staff, political consultants and lobbyists — are signing a letter calling out the “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment and mistreatment that plagues their industry.

The signatories include six of 26 women in the Legislature, two retired lawmakers, a Board of Equalization member and officials from the state Democratic and Republican parties.

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