A consortium of women's groups said today it has submitted 1,059 resumes to Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, appealing to him to ensure that, reflective of the population, just more than half of his appointees are women.
Rachel Michelin, an organizer of California Women's State Appointment Project, which recruited women to apply, said women have applied for everything from volunteer posts to Cabinet-level positions.
The appeal was like that in 1974, when Brown was first elected and women's groups also called on him to appoint more women. He was widely praised during his first two terms in office for appointing women and minorities to his administration.
"He's been very receptive," Michelin said this evening.
So far this year with Brown, women are two for two. The 72-year-old former governor has announced only two appointments to his incoming administration: Ana Matosantos, who will be finance director, and Diana Dooley, who will be health and human services secretary.
"Our aim is for an administration that is as diverse as the state of California," spokesman Evan Westrup said.