Pioneering politician March Fong Eu will be the first woman in California to ever have a state building named after her.
The Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento will be named the March Fong Eu Secretary of State Building, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Eu served as Secretary of state from 1974 to 1994. Prior to that, she served four terms in the California State Assembly, becoming the first Asian American in the United States to serve in a state legislature.
Eu who died in 2017 at the age of 95 graduated from UC Berkeley.
” When she was secretary, all the divisions of the secretary of state’s office hadn’t been under the same roof in decades,” Caren Daniels Lagomarsino, Eu’s longtime press spokesperson, told Berkeley.edu. “The building was a longtime goal of March Fong Eu. It’s kind of a shame she never got to work in it; during her time, the department was spread out over three different buildings.”
The idea of honoring Eu with the naming of the building came from current Secretary of State Alex Padilla in 2018. He announced his intentions during the memorial for Eu, reported Berekeley.edu.
Eu gained notoriety when she smashed a toilet with a sledgehammer to symbolize her opposition to paid toilets.
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