Wrestling With Our Contradictions: Reflections on the Anti-Violence Movement and the Fight to End Domestic Violence
October 15, 2018

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and organizers across the nation are pouring their hearts into fighting for institutional changes that will ensure that we don’t have to keep saying #metoo #wesaidenough and #believesurvivors.  And while efforts to support survivors are seeing greater visibility and attention, we are in a desperate need to struggle through and reflect on the major contradictions of our movements if our goal is to end domestic violence in our communities and achieve collective liberation. Read more.

New Law Guarantees California Won’t Answer the Words “Me Too” With Evictions
October 15, 2018

All too often, when cis and trans women, nonbinary individuals and queer people experience intimate partner violence not only does our mental or physical health become at risk but so does our ability to stay in our own homes. For the last year, the WPI-State Trauma Justice team took this issue head on and worked with Assm. David Chiu to pass the Right to Safe Home Act (AB 2413) which was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Read more.

Creating Change in Local Communities Across the State
September 11, 2018

The Women’s Policy Institute-Local (WPI-Local) program trains community leaders to become policy advocacy experts and create systemic change at the local level. This year the WPI-Local Class of 2018-19 has six teams of three fellows tackling important local issues in Alameda County, LA County, Monterey County, San Bernardino County, and Santa Cruz County. Learn more about their policy projects below! Read more.

A Huge Welcome to Our New Team Members Coral Feigin
September 11, 2018

We are excited to announce that our team is growing here at the Women’s Foundation of California. Coral Feigin has joined our team as our Administrative Assistant and Bia Vieira will join us as our Chief Program Officer! Get to know them a little more and read more about their efforts toward advancing racial, economic, and gender justice. Read more.

Grant Partner Spotlight: California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
September 11, 2018

This month, we would like to lift up the incredible work of our grant partner California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and their recent efforts to secure justice for the survivors of state-sponsored sterilizations. Click below to learn more about why this bill is important and the next steps toward fighting to secure a compensation fund for the survivors of these atrocious crimes. Read more.

Local Data, Local Voices: Report on the Status of Women in Stockton
September 11, 2018

Earlier this year, a 110-page “Report on the Status of Women in Stockton” was released providing a comprehensive overview of how women are doing in Stockton compared to other geographic areas. Spearheaded by University of Cambridge doctoral student and youth educator Anna Nti-Asare-Tubbs and Sukhi Samra, Policy Analyst for the Office of Mayor Michael Tubbs, the report was created in order to bring the issues and concerns of women living in Stockton to the forefront of the conversations surrounding equity, social justice, and investment in Stockton. Read more. 

Many Thanks to Our Summer Interns & Campus Organizers
August 8, 2018

For the last few months, we had the opportunity to work with five awesomely fierce, courageous, and dedicated students from UC Berkeley and Wellesley College. In their short time here, they have research the impact of 32 WPI bills signed into law over the last 14 years, attended committee hearings, analyzed community surveys, and so much more! Learn more here.

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10 LGBTQ+ Voices Who Inspire Us to Advance Gender Justice
June 29th, 2018

PRIDE is about taking a moment to honor, remember, and pay homage to the queer and trans freedom fighters who resisted state violence during the Stonewall Riots –which served as the catalyst for the LGBTQ+ movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This month, we wanted to share 10 LGBTQ+ voices who continue to lift us up and show us how to speak our truths and fight for gender, racial, and economic justice! Read more.

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WPI-Local Tackles Food Insecurity
June 29th, 2018

On a national level approximately 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure. This means that 42 million Americans have to face the question of where their next meal is coming from with the answer of uncertainty. We were able to talk with the WPI Local LA county team and learn more about their policy work and efforts to combat food insecurity. Read about their efforts here.

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We Demand Justice
June 29th, 2018

This month, we have seen egregious attacks on the basic rights of people living here in the United States. We have seen families torn apart as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and the continued detention of immigrant families. We have also witnessed continued efforts across the nation to restrict women’s access to abortion care and reproductive health services. Read more.

California: A Tale of Two States
May 29th, 2018

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to address a crowd of 6,000 people at the 2018 United State of Women Summit (USOW) where I called attention to the gross underfunding of gender justice. USOW was an inspiring Summit for those of us focused on gender justice who came together to inspire and motivate one another turning energy into action for change. Read more!

Why We Need an Intersectional Policy Agenda
April 19, 2018

We believe in the power of an intersectional feminist policy agenda. But what exactly does that mean? For starters, intersectionality is so much more than the latest buzzword to describe the complex inner workings of our racial and social relations. In this article, we break down the meaning of intersectionality and how it directly connects with our work to secure gender, racial and economic justice.  Read more!