Surina Khan, Author at Women's Foundation California

3 Ways We Can Lead With Joy Together

We are so grateful to the over 100 folks who attended our literary lunch hour conversation with Akaya Windwood and […]

We Choose Joy

“Joy is a choice… reclaiming joy is transgressive…it is a threat to systems of control…It allows us to move from […]

Women’s Foundation California Statement on Colorado Springs

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your […]

Winning Proposition 1 and Writing the Next Chapter of CA’s Story

We are celebrating the victory of Proposition 1 with our fullest joy as we write abortion access into our California […]

California’s Reproductive Justice Future: I Have 3 Actions

We are so grateful to the hundreds of folks who gathered with us yesterday to meet the moment and rally […]

Roe was the Floor. We Always Needed More.

Without community, there is no liberation…but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that […]

Celebrating Women’s Day with $$

Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than investing in organizations creating health, safety, […]

Lessons From Sabbatical

Photo caption: Surina on one of her daily walks along the bluff trails in Sea Ranch – photo credit: Sophie […]

Happy Birthday Bea Solís

Co-authored by Surina Khan CEO, Women’s Foundation California Dr. Robert K. Ross, MD President & CEO The California Endowment   […]

Sabbaticals are radical

Photo Caption: Myself and my partner Jenny with our sweet late dog Rosie as we take in the Sunset. This […]

Caring for mamas 💗

What better way to honor mamas than to write care into our policies and practice expansive love across our communities? […]

What we’ve built together 💜

The first few months of 2021 have been shaped by a rapid succession of highs and lows. We continue to […]

Practicing Gratitude

Last Wednesday, I started my morning celebrating the transformative power of people of color-led organizing in Georgia and by midday […]

We Are Still Seeking Justice

Harlem, June 6. Photo: Anthony Geathers Yesterday, April 20th, Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. However, […]

A Tool for Intergenerational Love

Thank you for attending Black Women and Radical Acts of Mothering last week! We hope the hour sparked meaningful connections […]

Feminism + BIPOC + 🌎 = Everything

Photo Courtesy of The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust Our grant partners are building the next phase of environmental justice in […]

Checking In With the Levi Strauss Foundation: A Q&A

Originally published on Levi Strauss & Co. Francesca Bitton, Levi Strauss Foundation Levi Strauss & Co. March 29, 2021 For […]

Making More Possible

There is no getting around it – this last year has been tremendously hard. We have lost so much and […]

It’s All About HOME 🏠

For survivors of domestic violence, housing opportunities mean everything – it’s all about HOME. Long before the coronavirus, our HOME cohort worked […]

#StopAsianHate #StopWhiteTerrorism: Women’s Foundation California

The hashtag #StopWhiteTerrorism from the featured image was found on Humble Bloom’s Co-founder Solonje Burnett’s Instagram  In Atlanta, white supremacy […]

No Other Option: Jennifer Chou

Jen Chou is a fierce advocate for reproductive justice. She brings her significant legal prowess to her work with the […]

MVP: Madam Vice President

Today feels momentous. A Black woman, an Indian American woman, a Californian from a family of immigrants is the Vice […]

Burning brighter: Kim Carter

Kim Carter has a motto: “A lit candle loses nothing when it lights another.”  And it is incredible to see […]

We Bring Everybody Along with Us

Mary Ignatius at Parent Voices told me recently, “…Funding women of color-led grassroots organizing in California and across the nation […]

Another Womxn of Color Senator for California

#AppointABlackWoman Image above features from left to right Charlotta Bass, Carol Moseley Braun, Shirley Chisholm, Representative Barbara Lee, and Barbara […]

What Pride Means to Me in This Moment

June is Pride month and in the spirit of celebrating the progress we’ve made, we must also pause and think […]

Racism and White Supremacy Will Not Be Tolerated

Like you, all of us at Women’s Foundation California have been watching the response to the murder of Black Americans […]

Same Products For Higher Prices? Welcome to the “Pink Tax”

It’s not an understatement to say that COVID-19 crisis has dramatically altered the lives of millions of Californians, both economically […]

Tracking the Intersectional Impacts of Coronavirus

While we are all adapting to wildly different circumstances, the impacts of the Coronavirus are being felt in a very […]

Celebrating 40 Years of Feminism and Activism

By Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation California is home to some of the most diverse women in the […]

Why Culture Change is Needed in the Workplace: Gabrielle Union vs. NBC

From an early age and well into adulthood, girls are discouraged from taking up space, being outspoken, or behaving in […]

Governor Brown Vetoes Campus Abortion Bill

September 30, 2018 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed first of its kind legislation that would have required […]

A Year Ago Today

Do you remember where you were a year ago today? I do. Like many of you, I woke up stunned […]

Reasons for Hope, Actions for Change

The Women’s Foundation of California advances gender, racial, and economic equity by investing in, training and connecting community leaders. As […]

White Supremacy Is Rooted In Misogyny And Racism

Recently, our country witnessed events fueled by racism, hatred and bigotry in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. White Supremacists and […]

Time for Philanthropy to Take Bold Action: Invest in Policy Change

Surina Khan, March 30, 2017, Philanthropy News Digest Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a new administration work daily […]

My First Year as CEO

Last month I celebrated my first year as CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. Since 1979, this statewide community […]

What’s New at the Women’s Foundation of California?

This is a sneak preview of all the exciting things that have been happening at the Foundation since Surina Khan became CEO. Stay tuned for more blog posts about our Women’s Policy Institute, giving circles, grantmaking initiatives and advocacy work we’re doing through the Stronger California coalition.

Six Years: Six Lessons Learned

It’s hard to believe, but at the end of this month I will leave the Women’s Foundation of California after […]

Community-Based Research that Sparks Change

As a grantmaker that funds research, in addition to funding other strategies like policy advocacy, organizing, communications, civic engagement and […]

Food for Thought

A few weeks ago I was at a women’s leadership event in Fresno. I was asked to say a few […]

Environmental Toxins in the Central Valley

Rosenda Mataka remembers a time when pesticides were used less frequently. Now in the small California Central Valley town of […]

Reproductive Justice: Advancing Safe and Healthy Families

Last month I had lunch with a woman named Eveline Shen. Eveline is the executive director of Asian Communities for […]

Women’s Funds Share Economic Solutions at White House

  We arrived at the White House in two cabs on an unseasonably cold and rainy spring afternoon earlier this […]

Don’t Become a Feminist

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 46. It was the beginning of 1982 and I was […]

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