Women's group hands board a challenge 

Apparently, 162 years after the women’s suffrage movement started, people (in this case, the Board of Supervisors) still need to be reminded to put women in power.

The San Francisco Women's Political Committee  sent a “respectful” letter to the Board of Supervisors today, saying it is perplexed by the entire process of picking the interim mayor. Of course, everyone has been perplexed by this process, but for much different reasons. The Women’s Committee astutely notes that while females make up 51 percent of the local population, not one has been named as a serious contender for interim mayor. The names floating around in media reports have included General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Ed Harrington, City Controller Ben Rosenfield and state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano – all men.

“There are many talented, accomplished San Francisco women who are qualified to serve in the position. These women must be considered,” writes Heidi L. Sieck, president of the San Francisco Women's Political Committee.

Supervisor John Avalos admitted that Room 200 could use some female force. But as of now, no names have yet popped up, he said.

But the women are not just complaining, they gave supervisors a small challenge. On Dec. 7, when the board is supposed to make their nominations for interim mayor, 30 to 50 percent of those nominations should be female candidates, the group said.

Mother would be proud.

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