California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino has selected Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel of San Marino as the 25th State Senate District 2019 Woman of the Year. Every year the California State Legislature honors one woman from each district in a ceremony. This year, Senator Portantino was honored that Ms. Siskel agreed to proudly represent the 25th Senate District.
“I am very honored and excited that Louise has agreed to come to Sacramento to represent our district. She has distinguished herself as an amazing leader, not just displaying poise while the entire world watched her in the Rose Parade but through her trailblazing leadership. She embraced the responsibility of being selected Rose Queen with a bold civic agenda, impressed everyone who has encountered her during this past year and exemplified intelligence, confidence and maturity,” commented the senator.
In a very heartfelt op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Louise introduced the world to the depths of the Royal Court that are often out of the pageantry, a multidimensional personal story. Through Siskel’s leadership, young women in the LGBTQ and Jewish communities have a new and dynamic role model. In addition, something as simple and commonplace as wearing glasses took on greater cultural significance in the year 2019.
“I am grateful to Senator Anthony Portantino for nominating me for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus Woman of the Year award. I feel lucky to be honored among a group of truly dedicated women who make the world a more kind and welcoming place. This year, as the 101st Rose Queen, I had the opportunity to promote scientific thinking, education, and inclusion. This recognition encourages me, and I hope will encourage others, to advocate for these values.” commented Siskel
The California State Legislature first recognized March as Women is History Month in 1987 and has continued the tradition. Each year, members of the State Legislature recognize the exceptional women in their district with a celebration commemorating their accomplishments and positive impact on their communities. The ceremony is set for March 4. Siskel and her parents will fly to Sacramento for the event.