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Photos: CA First Partner helps build home on Women’s Day

A swarm of pink hard hats joined the Habitat for Humanity construction effort on Monique Lujan’s new home in south Sacramento on Wednesday.

They were worn by about forty volunteers that included state legislators and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who turned out to mark International Women’s Day.

Lujan, a single mother with two children, expects to move into the home in the fall.

“Being able to build with my neighbors … that’s incredible to me and I can’t imagine just buying a home in a neighborhood that I kind of didn’t know,” Lujan said. “I really love my new neighbors and we built a bond.”

The celebration of International Women’s Day was part of a month-long Women Build series of events sponsored by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

“I’m so honored to be here to basically celebrate what Habitat for Humanity is doing for women and their families and their communities,” said Siebel Newsom.

“They are building these awesome villages where women can raise children in community with the support and partnership and sisterhood of each other which is magical and I think we need more of that honestly in our country.”

Lauren Babb, chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, carries a hammer as she gets ready to lead a group of women volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Lauren Babb, chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, carries a hammer as she gets ready to lead a group of women volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wearing green jacket, lifts her hard hat with other women leaders and legislator volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity event celebrating International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wearing green jacket, lifts her hard hat with other women leaders and legislator volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity event celebrating International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, left, walks alongside Holly Martinez, executive director of The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, to celebrate International Women’s Day alongside women leaders and legislators who volunteered as Part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 Women Build event in Sacramento on Wednesday.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, left, walks alongside Holly Martinez, executive director of The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, to celebrate International Women’s Day alongside women leaders and legislators who volunteered as Part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 Women Build event in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom adjusts her hard hat during a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. “For us to lend a hand today, its something that I love more than anything, its about service. Service connects us, it reminds us to look beyond ourselves to that which binds to our common humanity,” she said.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom adjusts her hard hat during a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. “For us to lend a hand today, its something that I love more than anything, its about service. Service connects us, it reminds us to look beyond ourselves to that which binds to our common humanity,” she said. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom shares a laugh with other women during a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom shares a laugh with other women during a Habitat for Humanity event to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

On International Women’s Day, female leaders and legislators volunteer as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 women build event in Sacramento on Wednesday.
On International Women’s Day, female leaders and legislators volunteer as part of Habitat for Humanity’s 2023 women build event in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom reacts as she tours a house still under construction by Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday that belongs to Monique Lujan, right, a single mother with two children.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom reacts as she tours a house still under construction by Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday that belongs to Monique Lujan, right, a single mother with two children. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom shares a laugh with Monique Lujan as they paint Lujan’s home to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom shares a laugh with Monique Lujan as they paint Lujan’s home to celebrate International Women’s Day in Sacramento on Wednesday. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, center, laughs as her paint brush is taken away while helping Monique Lujan, right, paint her home in Sacramento during an event with Habitat for Humanity in celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Lujan and her two children will move into the home she acquired through Habitat for Humanity this fall. The California Commission on the Status of Girls is sponsoring a month-long event that brings women together to address the housing crisis affecting many families in the greater Sacramento region.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, center, laughs as her paint brush is taken away while helping Monique Lujan, right, paint her home in Sacramento during an event with Habitat for Humanity in celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Lujan and her two children will move into the home she acquired through Habitat for Humanity this fall. The California Commission on the Status of Girls is sponsoring a month-long event that brings women together to address the housing crisis affecting many families in the greater Sacramento region. Renée C. Byer [email protected]

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