As California's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find commonsense solutions to the problems facing California and the nation.
Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feinstein has worked in a bipartisan way to build a significant record of legislative accomplishments, helping strengthen the nation's security at home and abroad, combat crime and violence, battle cancer and protect natural resources in California and across the country.
Senator Feinstein's career has been one of firsts. She was the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected senator of California, and the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Downtown Women's Center (DWC) is delighted to honor Senator Dianne Feinstein at our 20th annual Dinner with a Cause. The senator has been a longtime champion for women and families. In particular, she is a strong advocate for female veterans and has worked closely with DWC to move veteran women from homelessness to permanent housing. Through her legislative work, Senator Feinstein has demonstrated her commitment to her most vulnerable constituents. Last year, for example, she introduced The Homeless Children and Youth Act, which includes a provision that will increase publicly available data on the demographics, health, and other experiences of women experiencing homelessness. In turn, this will deepen national understanding of the unique service needs of women experiencing homelessness and how to serve them best.
Senator Feinstein's passion for women's rights, commitment to equality, and service to her constituents strongly exemplify the Downtown Women’s Center's mission and values. She is a powerful example of women’s leadership for those of us who work for and with women.