The Sacramento Women and Girls Advancement Coalition (SWAC) is a non-partisan coalition of women with extensive and diverse community networks throughout the City of Sacramento. Founded in 2016, the purpose of SWAC is to advance the economic prosperity, political power and well-being of women and girls in all communities throughout Sacramento.

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”
-Michelle Obama

“Next to God we are indebted to women — first for life itself, and then for making it worth living”
Mary McLeod Bethune

SWAC is honored to pay tribute to an amazing woman, leader, community and civil rights activist, nurse
and the first elected female Mayor of Sacramento. Mayor Anne Rudin earned the respect and admiration
of all those that knew and worked with her. Anne blazed a trail for many women business and
community leaders while being an inspiration for young girls and women throughout our community.
She was a tireless champion who left an indelible mark on Sacramento.

~ Nolice Edwards, SWAC Chair

Mayor Anne Rudin was an intelligent and dedicated leader not only for the City of Sacramento but the entire region. She did not hesitate to speak “her truth” and was driven by a commitment to public service that at times meant not yielding to popular sentiment. One of Mayor Rudin’s many accomplishments was her advocacy and support for Sacramento’s light rail system. In 1985 I arrived in Sacramento as the Assistant GM of SacRT and was impressed to meet Anne, the first elected woman Mayor of Sacramento, leading a City Council where four of eight council members were women. During her tenure, Anne and I worked closely on developing business support for both the first countywide sales tax and development fee for funding public transit and air quality improvements. Mayor Anne Rudin was a master at “getting things done” by finding common ground and cultivating mutual respect and collaboration. ~ Wendy J. Hoyt, SWAC

Mayor Anne Rudin was the first Mayor in Sacramento to understand the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and take action to make our lives better. She wasn’t afraid to openly deal with LGBTQ+ issues and was a strong supporter of the CARES Center and efforts to support people with AIDS. Gary Miller, an LGBT leader and former schoolboard member, worked with Mayor Rudin to pass a domestic partnership ordinance for city workers. Sacramento was one of the first cities to provide equal benefits to LGBTQ+ couples and their families. Mayor Rudin was an Ally who blazed an important trail for LGBTQ+ people and she will be eternally loved by all of us. ~ Rosanna Herber, SWAC, SMUD Board Member

Click here to see Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin’s political career in pictures (Sacramento Bee)

To let our voices be strong. To seek justice for black lives lost. To advocate for policies that root out
implicit biases and structural racism. To seek racial reconciliation and healing.

Click here to view SWAC’s Message!

As we journey through this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we have the power to decide how we respond.
We, the women of SWAC stand with our city leadership to continue to flatten the curve as they begin building
the road map to reopen our city.
As mothers, sisters, daughters, caregivers and advocates for the advancement
of women and girls – we challenge you to do the same.

This pandemic sees no boundaries especially when it involves women who represent a disproportionate
percentage of the workforce as essential workers – childcare (93%), caregivers (75%), hospital workers (75%),
retail and grocery stores (66%), and fast food/counter workers (63%).

Wear a Mask  Stay Physically Distant – Remain Socially, Emotionally and Spiritually Connected