Bills + Legislative Updates Archives - Women's Foundation

Moving Money, Making History

We are moving money. We are shifting priorities. We are creating a California where the laws and budgets reflect who […]

Election 2020: Feminist Propositions & Leaders

We are celebrating some significant victories this election cycle in the push towards racial, economic, and gender justice. From the […]

Our Feminist Guide to CA Propositions 2020

To help you navigate California’s ballot this season we are weighing in on four propositions that are inextricably linked to […]

Let’s Get to Work!

Each week take action and build feminist political power. What is Gender Justice Wednesday? We know the next three months […]

9 Bills You Need to Know on the Governor’s Desk

With most bills stalled due to the Coronavirus, our WPI fellows quickly pivoted to advocate for WPI alum and WFC […]

WFC on Women’s Equality Day

Today is #WomensEqualityDay, the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Back in 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was […]

Senator Jackson and the Women’s Foundation of California Call for an End to the Pink Tax

SB 873 outlaws gender-based pricing for products SACRAMENTO –Today, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) was joined by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, business owners, and social […]

Women’s Policy Institute LA County Team Wins Funding to Expand Doula Services

Recently, the Women’s Policy Institute Los Angeles County Health Justice Team advocated for and won increased funding for high-quality doula […]

40 Bills and Counting

At the Women’s Foundation of California, culture change goes beyond changing behaviors and attitudes. Thank you for joining us at […]

40 Laws For Our 40th Anniversary!

The 2018-2019 legislative session came to a close last week and we’re excited to announce that Governor Newsom has signed into […]

Governor Newsom Signs Groundbreaking Abortion Access Bill

Abortion Pill Will Be Available at All Public University Health Centers.Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 24 (Leyva), groundbreaking […]

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 […]

Add your name in thanking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

On September 27th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a 17 minute testimonial, Dr. Blasey […]

A Major Victory in California!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 29,2018 – Today the California State Senate made history by approving the College Student Right to Access Act! […]

Governor Brown Signs 3 #WomensPolicyInstitute Bills

Three bills aimed at strengthening the economic security and wellbeing of women and trans people across the state and championed […]

Proposition 47 Passes!

We waited with bated breath for the state election results to come in last night. And when they did, what great news. Proposition 47 passed and California took a giant step toward fixing our broken criminal justice system.

Prop 47 Supports Women and Families

Surina Khan, Huffington Post, October 3, 2014—If we can improve the lives of thousands of California's women and children, shouldn't […]

Learn about AB 1579 (WPI Domestic Violence Team)

(left to right, top to bottom) Nicole Marquez, Worksafe; Mariya Taher, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.; Maria-Elena Caprio, Shanti Project; Julia Parish, Legal Aid […]

Learn about AB 1516 (WPI Safety Net Policy Team)

(from left to right, top to bottom) Samantha Hodges, Sacramento Housing Alliance; Alysia Cox, LIFETIME; Gemma Donofrio, California Association of […]

Pass SB 1029: Stop punishing people who have completed their sentences

We have an opportunity to make two historic changes to the way we fund CalWORKs (welfare to work) recipients in California, and thereby begin to right some serious wrongs.

Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Finally Signed into Law

I would hope that a lot of the work that we do is rewarding. But we still have to get […]

Woman Fired for Being a Domestic Violence Survivor: Why California Needs SB 400

By Katie Egan, Program Assistant Second grade teacher Carie Charlesworth was terminated from her job at Holy Trinity School in […]

Bills We Are Supporting in 2013

In addition to the six bills our Women’s Policy Institute fellows are working on this year, the Foundation is supporting […]

Learn about AB 420: Limiting the Use of Willful Defiance

Healthy Youth Development Team Mentor: Alice Kessler Author: Assemblymember Dickenson, D- 7th District It’s simple: The greater the number of […]

Learn about AB 271: Repealing the Maximum Family Grant

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a vital welfare-to-work program created to help children and families lift […]

Learn about SB 61: Limiting Solitary Confinement for Young People Under 18

Imagine learning that your neighbor was keeping their child locked up in their room for 23 hours a day for […]

Learn about SB 39: Ensuring Safe Learning Environments

Team: Healthy Youth Development Mentor: Liz Guillen Authors: Senators Kevin De Leon and Darrell Steinberg Did you know that a […]

Learn about SB 612: Protecting Survivors of Violence

Domestic Violence Team Mentor: Jessie Ryan Author: Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco UPDATE: On August 19, 2013, Governor Brown signed […]

Learn about AB 422: Informing Parents about the Affordable Care Act

UPDATE: On October 1, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 422 into law. At this very moment, millions of children in […]

Infographic: Why you must support the Mitchell Plan

Recently we wrote a blog post letting you know about the Mitchell Plan, an admirable proposal by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell […]

Support Holly Mitchell’s Plan to Raise the CalWORKs Grant

CalWORKs, a program created to help children and families get out of poverty, has been decimated by budget cuts over […]

For a Better California, We Need to Make Strategic Investments in Women

During the last couple weeks, there has been a lot of activity around the California state budget, and the choices […]

Successful WPI Bill to End Shackling of Pregnant Women Featured on Making Contact Radio

Samantha Rogers, a formerly incarcerated woman, recently spoke at a party celebrating the passage of AB 2530 (Atkins)—California’s new law […]

How an Idea Becomes a Bill

By Nayantara Mehta, Alliance for Justice This article was first published on bolderadvocacy.org Working in coalitions requires patience, an ability […]

Two WPI Bills Signed into Law!

This October, the Women’s Policy Institute has a lot to celebrate. Less than a week ago, the Governor signed into […]

Brown Vetoes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

It would be an understatement to say that we’re disheartened by Governor Brown’s veto of the Domestic Workers Bill of […]

Vote Yes on 30! Stand with Women!

This coming election, we have the chance to begin correcting a long-term problem with our budget. Due to a structural […]

2012 Voter Guide

In 2012, we supported Proposition 30 as well as a few other important ballot initiatives. Proposition 30 passed and it […]

Tell the Governor: I support AB 1270, AB 2015 and AB 889!

Call the Governor at 916-445-2841 and tell him that you support these three important bills. It’s the middle of September, […]

Domestic Workers Call for Passage of AB 889 – Bill of Rights

  Last year, we shared with you some surprising facts that we learned during a webinar featuring two leaders of […]

The Women’s Foundation of California 2010 Voter Guide

Election Day is November 2, 2010. Candidates are gearing up for the end of their campaigns, and absentee ballots are arriving in […]

Help End Sex Trafficking of Young Women and Girls – Support HR 5575

By Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Foundation of California A couple of weeks ago I turned on CNN to […]

Take Action to End Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

AB 1900 is up for signature by the Governor, and would end the practice of restrictive shackling of pregnant inmates. […]

In Tough Times, California Can’t Afford to Fail Families

On August 12, Women’s Foundation of California President and CEO Judy Patrick testified before the California Commission on the Status […]

US Social Forum: Advancing Grassroots Movement Building

By guest blogger Tammy Bang Luu, senior organizer with the Labor/Community Strategy Center What is the value of the US […]

Photo Blog: Visiting Women Prisoners in Chowchilla

By Judy Patrick, President and CEO Women’s Foundation of California Photos by Jean Karotkin On May 18th the Race, Gender […]

Sign Petition to Stop Four-point Shackling of Pregnant Women

While California already has legislation prohibiting the shackling of prisoners while giving birth, it does not forbid the shackling of […]

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