Nation’s first Gender Justice Fund launches $10 million collaborative to change culture and advance gender justice The Culture Change Fund, […]
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our 2019 Annual Legislative Reception in Sacramento last month. […]
The Women’s Foundation of California/Women’s Policy Institute is co-sponsoring seven key pieces of legislation that address a range of gender, […]
Please join us in welcoming Elmy Bermejo back to the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of California. Elmy […]
This year’s Legislative Reception will recognize the work of the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) and celebrate 40 years of the […]
(This op-ed appeared in Philanthropy California on January 15, 2019) by Surina Khan and Lucia Corral Peña “Politics is where […]
The Women’s Foundation of California welcomes new board members, Senator Holly Mitchell and C.M. Samala!
Sate Senator Holly J. Mitchell and C.M. Samala join WFC’s Board of Directors
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This month nine philanthropists and funders from across the state came together to learn how they can support policy advocacy […]
April 24, 2018 Written by Rhiannon Rossi, Program Officer, Women’s Foundation of California Here at the Women’s Foundation of California […]
by Kiersten Marek This article appeared in Inside Philanthropy, March 14, 2018 The #MeToo movement is challenging power structures that […]
We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Nancy McFadden, Chief of Staff to Governor Jerry Brown. Nancy served the […]
(This op-ed appeared in the Philanthropy News Digest on February 8, 2018) By Senator Holly Mitchel (D-30th District) and Surina […]
Two-Thirds of California Voters Say Students Should Have Access to the Abortion Pill on Campus Supported by seven in ten […]
By Dey Nava | Special to the Daily Cal Editor’s Note: While UC Berkeley supports and refers abortion services to students on […]
(This op-ed originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee on January 24, 2018.) By Surina Khan and Peter Long Special to […]
We are profoundly saddened by the untimely passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. Mayor Lee was a lifelong champion […]
Do you remember where you were a year ago today? I do. Like many of you, I woke up stunned […]
Eight Women’s Foundations Honored for Young Women’s Initiatives The awardees are women’s foundations and their CEO’s that launched Young Women’s […]
Surina Khan, March 30, 2017, Philanthropy News Digest Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a new administration work daily […]
CEO Surina Khan appeared in the Philanthropy News Digest on March 30, 2017: Over the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed […]
This post was written by Coral Feigin, a member of the 2016-17 Women’s Policy Insitute-State criminal justice team. How will […]
Public policy is now more important than ever. We need community leaders who know how to use the legislative branch […]
Daisy Ramirez, pictured in the yellow hat, is a health educator and fellow from the Women’s Policy Institute-County Class of […]
One year ago, at the White House, Prosperity Together announced a $100 million commitment to women’s economic security over the […]
This post was written by Foundation CEO Surina Khan. For many of us this seems like a different nation than […]
As more correctional and detention facilities begin to implement video visitation, they are also eliminating the option to in-person visitation. […]
Domestic workers have historically been denied overtime pay and workplace protections. For more than 10 years, they’ve advocated, organized, mobilized and marched and in 2013 they helped pass the California’s Domestic Worker Bill of Rights that is scheduled to expire in January 2017. The Women’s Foundation of California is proud to train five of the domestic worker rights advocates and leaders though its Women’s Policy Institute. This year, these powerful women are working on the bill that will make this important law permanent—SB 1015 (Levya).
KQED Radio, The California Report (3/28/16) New Database Tracks Women's Wellness Across California ABC7, KABC, Los Angeles (3/29/16) TV Segment: […]
Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) has been working to close the gender pay gap, leading the efforts to pass what is now the nation’s toughest anti-discrimination law and continuing those efforts with a new bill that will disrupt salary discrimination as we know it.
In May, the Foundation’s WomenGO! Giving Circle celebrated a significant milestone in local philanthropy. Since 2005, members of the circle have collectively awarded $1 million in grants to Santa Clara and San Mateo county nonprofits that serve women and girls. A member of the giving circle, Sarah Longstreth, reports on the event.
On June 15, 2016, California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown repealed one of the state’s most discriminatory laws and practices through the 2016-17 state budget deal.
“The Maximum Family Grant rule stemmed from racist, classist, sexist stereotypes of women of color and affected generations of poor children,” said Laura Jimenez.
When Gina Clayton founded Essie Justice Group with the mission to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones in 2014, she had one critical challenge. While the number of women with a family member in prison suggests prevalence—one in four women and nearly half of Black women have a loved one behind bars—isolation and the stigma made affected women hard to find. But a conversation with a man inside a prison sparked the idea for Essie’s most innovative and promising movement building strategy yet.
The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2016 SHEROES: Powerful California women will be honored during a Women's Foundation of California event […]
KCBS In Depth, May 2, 2016 KCBS' Jane McMillan is joined by Surina Khan, CEO of the Women's Foundation of […]
The Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2016 A new thing in the rollicking presidential race is Donald Trump’s ridiculous slam that […]
The son of an immigrant single mother, California state senator Kevin de León has an intimate understanding of women’s hardships, especially those faced by low-income women and women of color. “I have the political space and credibility to act upon polices that are critical for the overall wellbeing of families, particularly single mothers,” he said. As the highest-ranking Democrat in Sacramento, de León is now using his power to elevate the state’s economy by advocating for women.
Surina Khan, March 11, 2016, Philantopic As seniors at the elite Marlborough School for girls in Los Angeles, Olivia Goodman […]
Landmark June 21st Event Will Bring Together Dynamic Leaders & the Community to Advance Equity, Empowerment & Opportunity for Bay […]
Child care is not a luxury, but a necessity for working mothers. It is key to both women’s and children’s success, said Mary Ignatius, who organizes women to advocate for increased public investments in subsidized child care as an organizer at Parent Voices. For low-income and many middle-income women, subsidized child care is out of reach. At this very moment, some 200,000 children are on a three-year waitlist. In the meantime, their parents struggle to make ends meet, unable to find and keep full-time work.
Sabrina Johnson is a therapist with a vision: She wants San Francisco’s home care workers to be treated with dignity because their contributions to our society are tremendous. “[Home care workers] need to be valued like we value the tech industry,” said Johnson. “Tech cannot get elderly people out of bed and feed them.”
“There was a need for local voices,” said Margarita Luna, a program manager with The California Endowment. She funded the creation of the Women’s Policy Institute-County to empower women to advocate for social and economic change in the Eastern Coachella Valley, an unincorporated part of Riverside County where many residents are poor agricultural workers from Latino immigrant families.
KQED, The California Report, March 29, 2016 The nonprofit California Budget and Policy Center has launched a new database detailing […]
New “California Women’s Well-Being Index” Provides First-Ever Comprehensive, Composite Portrait of How Women Are Faring Across the State
Sacramento, March 29, 2016—Californians who want to make sure that women are full and equal participants in the state’s economic […]
Griselda Reyes Basurto is helping to create a radical health initiative—teaching Mixteco and other immigrants from indigenous backgrounds in Ventura County about their bodies and reproductive rights—called Cuidando mi Cuerpo, meaning “caring for my body.”
The very nature of their work keeps domestic workers hidden from view. It might have stayed that way but for the commitment of organizers like Katie Joaquin. In 2013 domestic workers used public policy and their powerful voices to win a workplace right they had been denied for decades: overtime pay. In 2016, they are advocating again to make that hard-fought right permanent.
California is the seventh largest economy in the world, yet it accounts for 20 percent of the nation’s homeless population—nearly 115,000 people. Women and children are the fastest growing homeless population today. Kim Carter, executive director of Time for Change Foundation, overcame homelessness, prison and addiction to start a visionary organization that supports women as they rebuild and reclaim their lives.
In fairy tales, justice prevails miraculously and everyone lives happily ever after. But in the real world, women must take leadership and demand the change they wish to see. Jessie Ryan joined our Women’s Policy Institute in 2009 and used her experience and voice to transform the California’s community college system through public policy change.
Violets, all juniors and seniors at Marlborough, have awarded over $200,000 in grants since 2006 to organizations that are working to improve the lives of underprivileged women and girls in the Los Angeles area through education. This year they awarded $10,000 each to four remarkable organizations.
Surina Khan, November 30, 2015, Sacramento Bee—When women thrive, our communities and our state thrive. Yet, across California, far too […]
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