Editorials + Commentary Archives - Women's Foundation California

WFC’s Feminist Power Shift: New Leadership at the Helm

photo caption: Surina Khan CEO Emerita (left) and Bia Vieira CEO (right) This week, Women’s Foundation California is experiencing a […]

Opinion: Predatory price gouging on basic needs like soap, tampons must end in California prisons

UPDATE: SB 474, BASICs Act, Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee to Reduce Markups in Prison Canteen. Read Press Release here. […]

Dear Philanthropy: Step Up for Reproductive Justice by Backing Black Women and Black-Led Nonprofits

By: Surina Khan and Janette Robinson Flint, Guest Contributors This year marks 50 years since the right to choose was […]

Lessons from SPI Local

photo of SPI Local Class of 2022 To achieve collective liberation through local policy, we need the strength of organized […]

One year after Dobbs: Take Action & Support Reproductive Justice

One year ago today, the  U.S. Supreme Court decided on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned our constitutional […]

Opinion | The Onslaught of Anti-Trans Legislation Demands a Crisis Response From Philanthropy

photo caption: People rally against anti-trans bills, but LGBTQ+ nonprofits get less than 1 percent of all charitable giving. MICKEY […]

Sacramento Bee – Letter to the Editor: Time to Fight

TIME TO FIGHT “Democrats’ choice wins key Wisconsin Supreme Court race,” (sacbee.com, April 6) The result of the Wisconsin Supreme […]

Women’s Foundation California CEO Surina Khan to Step Down, Board of Directors Names First Latina CEO

Read the official press release here For Immediate Release March 8, 2023 Media Contact: Kamika Dunlap Kamikad@womensfoundca.org Phone: (510) 740-2500 OAKLAND, […]

Destination: JOY

Introducing Intersection, our first-ever zine. A collection of writing and art, Intersection celebrates pieces of our collective story and our […]

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 […]

Sundance, Pose Actor Hailie Sahar and more!

photo caption: actor Hailie Sahar with activist Sir Lady Java Sundance supports an abundance of beautiful communities, conversations, and storytelling, reminding […]

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 […]

Feminist Gift Guide 2022

Our intersectional feminism takes many forms.  It’s in the being and doing of our dynamo grant partners, it’s in the […]

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 […]

Attitude of Gratitude

photo caption: Bia Vieira and Mazuri Colley at this year’s WFC retreat Born and raised in Brazil, I’ve long found […]

L.A. City Council: “This is about power.”

Protesters outside Los Angeles City Hall on Oct. 12. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) Last weekend, a recording of the racist tirades […]

AB 2530: No More Shackles. Looking Back A Decade Later

AB 2530, passed in 2012, prevents the shackling of pregnant incarcerated people. Alums from our own Solís Policy Institute (SPI) […]

SB 24: The College Student Right to Access Act

Marj Plumb, SB 24 campaign director and Solís Policy Institute mentor, received this text from a colleague this fall:  “Hi […]

Black Women for Wellness: A Case for Supporting Black-led Reproductive Justice

originally published on the SoCal Grantmakers site Within a driver’s line of vision, popping up near bus stops and train […]

The Power of Cultural Organizing: A Conversation with IllumiNative

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. A quick peruse of Twitter confirms that corporations and organizations are […]

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 […]

Policy Has Power

Policy has power. At schools, grocery stores, or churches, we can’t allow our loved ones to continue to die as […]

Infuriated, but Unsurprised: Roe v Wade Draft Decision

Photo by Act for Abortion (CCF) We are infuriated, but unsurprised. Reading the leaked draft Supreme Court decision last night, […]

A plan for the planet

art by Peter Parnall Today the internet is ablaze with calls for action, climate-centered content, and celebration for this space rock […]

Listen to Yuri’s Legacy

Yuri Kochiyama was a badass.  Casual confidant to Malcom X, a gifted community organizer, and tireless advocate for justice,  Yuri […]

Whether it’s the Golden Globes or the Oscars, Award Shows Fail Us

Finally.  After 79 years, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez became the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe last month for […]

Money is Political and Personal: Growing Financial Savvy 

There is…“ nothing in this world that I like more than checks,” declares Cardi B in her infinite wisdom. While […]

We are listening

photo credit: The Big WE When it comes to writing, I side with Little Women’s Jo March: “I like good […]

I had an abortion

photo caption: Torre 17 • Tokyo, Japan I had an abortion. I remember the anxiety of being a 16-year old […]

We’ll be a sanctuary

photo: Abortion-rights supporters rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento in 2019. On Wednesday, a group of abortion providers and […]

All I want for Christmas is the end of late stage Capitalism?!

All I want for Christmas is the end of late stage Capitalism?! There is an inherent tension that arises for […]

Lessons From Sabbatical

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

Hey Colonizers 👋

updated on November 22, 2022 Women’s Foundation California does our work on the unceded land of the Lisjan Ohlone people […]

Mj Rodriguez Deserved an Emmy

artwork of Mj Rodriguez by @arpintero We know award shows always give us complex feelings, and the Emmys are no […]

Confession Time ⏰

Updated 10.5.21 with survey results following our social media conversation. You’ve seen the term womxn. Maybe even right here on […]

Cheers to All the Rabble Rousers, Happy Women’s Equality Day!

In 1971, years before Women’s Foundation California existed, Bella Abzug and fellow feminist rabble rousers called for a Women’s Equality […]

Black August + Aria Sa’id Takeover

Alicia Garza tweeted: “Black people I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.”  Over eight years #BlackLivesMatter evolved into […]

Dolores Huerta on Kiskadee 🎧

I had the opportunity to speak with the ever-inspiring Dolores Huerta this week on the Kiskadee Podcast. We talked about […]

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, […]

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 […]

#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 […]

MVP: Madam Vice President

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

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 […]

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Today, we are outraged by the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor, but we are not surprised. We are keeping […]

Biden Could Create Change – A Black Woman VP Will Transform Our Culture

Read WFC CEO Surina Khan’s thoughts about the vice presidential selection and how it affirms the pervasive racism and sexism […]

WFC Statement on DACA Supreme Court Ruling

In a major rebuke to President Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program […]

Reflection on My Identity as a Black, Immigrant, DACAmented, Woman

The monarch butterfly represents the dignity and resilience of immigrants,and the right all living beings have to move freely. The Black Lives […]

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 […]

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