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To promote gender equality, California governor's wife won't go by 'first lady'

Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was sworn in Monday, vows to promote a wide array of progressive policies

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In a bid to promote gender equality, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), has changed her Twitter bio to state that she is the "First Partner of California.'

What's the story?

According to KABC-TV, Jennifer Newsom said that she thought that the title "first partner" was more inclusive than "first lady."

This move is part of a larger trend for Newsom. She is a longtime proponent of re-examining gender roles and has made two documentary films on that topic: "Miss Representation," which covers the underrepresentation of influential women by the media, and "The Mask You Live In," which argues that traditional masculinity is detrimental to boys.

She's working on a new film called "The Great American Lie" about income and inequality in America.

She's also the founder and CEO of The Representation Project, a group that focuses on "gender stereotypes and social injustices."

Gavin and Jennifer Newsom married in 2008 after meeting two years prior. The two have four children together.

What else?

Gavin Newsom has promised to use his position as governor to advance progressive policies and to do his best to counter the work of the Trump administration.

"There's an administration in Washington hostile to California values and interests," he said during his inauguration speech. "The world is waiting on us. And we will seize the moment."

Newsom told Californians that the state would "offer an alternative to the corruption and the incompetence in the White House. Our government will be progressive, principled and always on the side of the people."

California Republicans expressed concern that Newsom was making promises, but had no way to pay for them.

"There is not an unlimited pocketbook of the taxpayers of the state of California," state Sen. Jim Nielsen (R) told KOVR-TV.

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