Editorials + Commentary Archives - Women's Foundation California

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 ⏰

You’ve seen the term womxn. Maybe even right here on this very website. We know catchall “gender-inclusive” language is over, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Series on Risk, Change, and the Year Ahead: A Conversation with Surina Khan

By Emily Katz, Vice President of Public Affairs, Northern California Grantmakers: A conversation with Surina Khan I asked five foundation executives—private, […]

Fire Drill Feminist: Why We’re Joining Jane Fonda in LA

This is not a drill!Fire Drill Fridays are headed to Downtown Los Angeles and our CEO Surina Khan and Chief […]

Oscar Nominations Overlook the Achievements of Women and People of Color

“The announcement of the Oscar nominations are a time of celebration for many, but today, I was disappointed to see […]

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 […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:How We Show Up for Indigenous Womxn Matters

More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native womxn have experienced violence. Alaska Native womxn have reported rates […]

Voice of America (VOA)

This article was first published in Voice of America (VOA) Does ‘Pink Tax’ Force Women to Pay More than Men? […]

We STILL Believe You, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

One year ago today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify against Brett […]

What Bay Area Girls Need to Succeed

“Gender-based discrimination can’t be overlooked as a relic from the past nor accepted as the norm.”  Read our CEO Surina […]

Surina Khan CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California talks National Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day celebrating the moment exactly 99 years ago when women across America, specifically white women, gained […]

Pay Black Women. Period.

Today, 8 months into 2019, marks how much longer Black women have to work to make the same as white […]


September 26, 2018 A statement from the Women’s Foundation of CA Tomorrow, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the […]

We Will Not Give Up! WFC Response to Recent Supreme Court Decisions

June 28, 2018 Written by Surina Khan, CEO Women’s Foundation of California Outrage. Fear. Paralysis. The past 18 months have […]

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 […]

Women in Santa Clara County lag in wages, education

Surina Khan, July 20, 2016, The Mercury News—Here is a snapshot of the state of women in Santa Clara County […]

Advancing women’s equity in Monterey County

Surina Khan, June 11, 2016, The Monterey Herald A woman living in Monterey County most likely earns $18 an hour, […]

A Letter to Women on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Surina Khan, January 25, 2016, The Huffington Post Feminism is alive and well today. Dare I say it, it's mainstream. […]

Will the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Remember All Our Daughters?

Surina Khan, December 15, 2015, The Huffington Post The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ignited a firestorm of response earlier this month. […]

Why California Needs More Women Legislators

Women in positions of power tend to build more broad-based coalitions. They are more likely than men to act with urgency to shift the priorities to focus on health and human services, education and community infrastructure.

Why the Women’s Foundation of California Tied Our Hands

If one of us stands with our hand tied behind our back, we all do.

Is it Passion or is it Abuse on Jersey Shore?

I caught the most recent episode of Jersey Shore (MTV) the other night. Putting aside for a moment the fact […]

To Be of Use : How I’m Inspired by Marge Piercy

By Judy Patrick, Former CEO and President, Women’s Foundation of California In the month of November, I attended two events […]

Love for the Scrooges

Some of my best friends are scrooges. I don’t call them that because they are stingy or mean-spirited. Quite the […]

Before Strategy Was Strategy

By Crystal Hayling Crystal Hayling’s long and committed career in philanthropy includes a stint as the program director for the […]

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 […]

Child Care: A Key Building Block for Women’s Economic Security

“You can’t expect a family with young children to get on their feet and get jobs without child care.” – […]

Working Moms Challenge the Thinking Behind the Pay Gap

According to the study, “the presence of children is associated with less accumulated job experience, more career interruptions, shorter work […]

Staying Connected As We Grow Older

Last week, NPR did a story on an alternative to nursing homes. Nicknamed “Granny pods,” these are mini mobile homes […]

Women’s Suffrage 90 Years Later

By Michelle Chandra, Communications Associate, Women’s Foundation of California Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day, a national holiday to […]

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