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Strong Feminist Chosen for Labor Secretary

Hilda Solis, a leader and fighter for civil rights for women and people of color, has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be his Secretary of Labor.

“I am thrilled by the nomination of Hilda Solis, who has been a long-time strong champion for feminist issues in the House of Representatives,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. Solis is a former chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and authored a record 17 anti-domestic violence laws as a California State Senator.

AFL-CIO president John Sweeney also expressed support: “We’re confident that she will return to the Labor Department one of its core missions to defend workers’ basic rights in our nation’s workplaces.” Solis has voted 100% with organized labor in the past year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the House, Solis is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Natural Resources Committees, and the House Select Committee of Independence and Global Warming.

Sources:

Interview with Eleanor Smeal 12/18/08; AFL-CIO 12/18/08; Office of Congresswoman Hilda Solis; LA Times 12/19/08