Senate Leader Atkins Issues Statement on Ruling Regarding Women on Corporate Boards Law

May 16, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement about the court ruling in regard to California’s historic SB 826, which Pro Tem Atkins jointly authored with former Senator Hannah Beth Jackson in 2018:

“This disappointing ruling is a reminder that sometimes our legalities don’t match our realities. More women on corporate boards means better decisions and businesses that outperform the competition – that’s a studied, proven fact. We believe this law remains important—despite the disheartening ruling from the Los Angeles Superior Court—and it exemplifies equal access and opportunity, the very bedrock of our democracy. For those still afraid of women in positions of leadership, they need to work on figuring that out because the world is moving on without them.”


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Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: