Alioto-Pier Charter Amendment
would permit moms-to-be supervisors
to vote by teleconference
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
March 22, 2006
By Pat Murphy
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier has introduced legislation to
allow for an elected official or commissioner who is medically
unable to attend meetings due to complications with pregnancy
"Women shouldn't have to choose between the health of their
baby and doing their job," said Alioto-Pier at Tuesday's
Board of Supervisors meeting.
Under current law, a Supervisor must be physically present to
cast a vote.
This Charter Amendment allows a Supervisor to participate in
board and committee meetings by teleconference if she is physically
unable, as certified by a Doctor, to attend the meeting due to
complications with pregnancy or childbirth. "Our current
laws make it impossible for young women of childbearing age, to
hold elective office, and properly fulfill the duties for which
she was entrusted" said Alioto-Pier.
"Holding elected office has always been an acceptable career
path for young men. It needs to be a career path for young women
as well. And for women to achieve that goal, they must be able
to serve while pregnant," said Alioto-Pier.
"Current state and city law preclude that from taking place."
Currently women only make up 16% of the United States House of
Representatives and 14% of the United States Senate. In California,
women make of 30% of the state legislature. Here in San Francisco,
there are only three female members of the Board of Supervisors.
"If we want women to break the glass ceiling, we need to
be able to do our jobs while pregnant," said Alioto-Pier.
The proposal is for the November 2006 ballot and is co-sponsored
by the other female members of the Board of Supervisors, Sophie
Maxwell and Fiona Ma.
For full text of Charter Amendment, click