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Posted on 02-03-2017

Step Out Of The History That Is Holding You Back...

In 1918 California elected four female legislators to the Assembly: Grace Doris, Esto Broughton, Anna Saylor and Elizabeth Hughes. These women were elected, two years before the majority of women in the United States won the right to vote. 

By 2004, the number of women in the Assembly had grown to 37. There has been a total of 139 women elected to the California Legislature since 1918. 33 moved from the Assembly to the Senate, starting with Marion Bergeson. I played water polo at Newport Harbor High school with Senator Bergeson’s son Jamie.  Jamie scored on a penalty shot that won us the CIF State Championship in 1978.  When I started in this business it was nice to have a friendly face in the Capitol with so much power.

I share this history today because we don’t always think about our efforts to promote chiropractic based along gender lines.  But as veteran readers of the Corner understand, there are a multitude of groups within the Capitol, organized around a commonality.  There’s the Latino Caucus, Black Caucus, Jewish Caucus, LGBT Caucus, API Caucus, Women’s Caucus, etc.  Each have specific missions and priorities and naturally there are many who are members of more than one caucus.

CCA President Dr. Leslie Hewitt Shines At The Capitol For Chiropractic

Your GA team has wonderful relationships within all the caucuses, built over long periods of time.  But this year we have a unique opportunity to build closer and enduring relationships with one of the most powerful caucuses in the California Legislature: the Women’s Caucus. Since the creation of CCA in 1928, Dr. Leslie Hewitt is only the fifth woman elected as its President.  This year the California Medical Association has only the third woman in its history serving as President, Dr. Ruth Haskins.

Dr. Ruth Haskins

These are unique historical events that provide unique opportunities.  Consequently, Monica Miller and I have been strategizing for some time how to best utilize this moment in history.  We determined connecting Dr. Hewitt with the Women’s Caucus would be a very synergistic experience.

Dr. Hewitt met this week with our female legislators for a FULL day at the Capital, thanks to our Lobbyist, Monica Miller, who put together an entire day of appointments for them. As if that wasn't enough, they were registered to attend an evening filled with movers and shakers among California’s most powerful women attending the annual California Women Lead Legislative Reception. It was twelve consecutive hours of educating, sharing, bonding, and networking that produced wonderful results, and as Dr. Hewitt noted "everyone was leaning in". 

Senator Jean Fuller

In addition to all the budding new relationships engendered, Dr. Hewitt received THREE invitations. The first was to have lunch with Minority Leader Senator Jean Fuller who was one of the women honored at the reception. Her second invite was to make a 30-minute presentation to the Women’s Caucus, and last but certainly not least, Dr. Hewitt was invited to a private dinner with the President of CMA. Quite the trifecta!

Getting in front of the entire Women’s Caucus to discuss chiropractic and women’s health is a major coup. And being able to sit down over lunch with a Senator and dinner with the President of CMA to discuss where we can work together to both profession’s benefit, is a very big step in a very good direction. Dr. Hewitt's comments on the day, "WOW".

Please remember to thank Dr. Hewitt for doing such a marvelous job of representing CCA and chiropractic, and Monica Miller for her extensive network and hard work putting together such a packed day of opportunity.  We look forward to experiencing the benefits of building lasting relationships with so many influential Californians.

To complete the Oprah Winfrey quote from the subject heading, it’s time to “Step into the new story you are willing to create.”

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print, and some that probably isn’t…for now.


Want to respond to what you just read? Just look below for the comment box. I encourage your feedback and questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.


2017 California Chiropractic Association. All rights reserved. Please do not disseminate in part or whole without prior permission. Questions or permission to disseminate? Contact Cris Forsyth at cforsyth@calchiro.org.

glenn fischel said:

boy would I have liked to be a fly at the dinner table with Hewitt and the pres of CMA! Good job Dr. H

2017-02-03 15:17:58

Dr. Greg Call said:

Thank you Cris and Monica for all your hard work and dedication. This is an amazing opportunity for Dr. Hewitt and the profession. Thank you so much.

2017-02-03 15:19:28

Delia Gorey said:

Thank you all for " Leaning In " ! Great job .

2017-02-03 15:51:40

Dr. Theresa Tarcha said:

Thank you Dr. Hewitt and Monica. This is an exciting "new step" for our profession.

2017-02-03 16:28:53

Dr. Bob Chatfield said:

Wow indeed! Such an exciting time in California Chiropractic history! Great job Leslie and great job Monica and everyone else who was involved! So proud!

2017-02-03 18:18:19

Dr Wayne Whalen said:

Kudos to the team! You are all doing great work, and I know Dr H will do us proud. Keep it up!

2017-02-03 20:06:42

Leslie Hewitt said:

It is time for CCA to create coalitions with everyone for a collaborative approach. Dinner with CMA, lunch with Senator, and a speaking gig with the Women's Caucus to share Chiropractic CARE is a win for everyone at CCA.

2017-02-05 19:13:50

Dr. Brian Porteous said:

FYI Cleveland Univ. Chiropractic College largest class in decades and 55% female ... there is hope

2017-02-06 11:45:38

Steve L Smith said:

Great public relations for us and thank you for all your good efforts. We would make better friends in Sacremento and the CMA and better public image if we backed off the immunizations issue. Taking on issues that further the aims profession and improve our service to the people we serve is better approach to good public relations. Stopping others in their endeavors to serve, leaves a lasting memory, often engendering a desire for vengeance.

2017-02-13 07:37:00

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