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Women political leaders discuss sexual harassment, and needing “permission from no one”

By in Press Enterprise on November 3, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

When Rep. Connie Leyva was asked by a young woman how she should deal with sexist and belittling tones from men, her response was simple.

“Shut it down,” said Leyva, D-Chino. “You have to be forceful about it. Sometimes we’re too nice as women.”

“Use declarative sentences,” she said.

Leyva along with Assembly members Eloise Gomez Reyes, D-San Bernardino, and Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, were the featured speakers Friday, Nov. 3, at the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside. Its aim is to encourage women to get involved in politics. The day-long event was organized by the UC Riverside Women’s Resource Center.

  • Rep. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, a featured speaker at the event, listens to Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes speak during the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The conference encouraged women to get involved with politics. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Women listen to featured speakers at the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The conference encouraged women to get involved with politics. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Women listen to featured speakers at the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The conference encouraged women to get involved with politics. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, speaks during the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The conference encouraged women to get involved with politics. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, speaks during the Persist 2017 conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The conference encouraged women to get involved with politics. (Photo by […]    

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