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Time for Philanthropy to Take Bold Action: Invest in Policy Change

Surina Khan, March 30, 2017, Philanthropy News Digest Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a new administration work daily […]

Time for Philanthropy to Take Bold Action: Invest in Policy Change

CEO Surina Khan appeared in the Philanthropy News Digest on March 30, 2017: Over the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed […]

#BeBoldForChange for Trans Prisoners

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 For Funders: the Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute

Public policy is now more important than ever. We need community leaders who know how to use the legislative branch […]

Join the new class of the Women’s Policy Institute-County

Daisy Ramirez, pictured in the yellow hat, is a health educator and fellow from the Women’s Policy Institute-County Class of […]

#ProsperityTogether Invests $29M in Women’s Economic Security

One year ago, at the White House, Prosperity Together announced a $100 million commitment to women’s economic security over the […]

Leading the way forward with courage, compassion and conviction

This post was written by Foundation CEO Surina Khan. For many of us this seems like a different nation than […]

Preserving the Right to In-Person Visitation

As more correctional and detention facilities begin to implement video visitation, they are also eliminating the option to in-person visitation. […]

Domestic Workers and the Fight for Their Rights

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).

Women’s Well-Being Index – Media Coverage

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: […]

We Want Equal Pay

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.

Our $1 Million Dollars Created Real Social Change in Our Community

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.

California Repeals the Maximum Family Grant Rule

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.

We Want an End to Mass Incarceration

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.

Capitol AM Alert

The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2016 SHEROES: Powerful California women will be honored during a Women's Foundation of California event […]

KCBS In Depth: California Women’s Well Being

KCBS In Depth, May 2, 2016 KCBS' Jane McMillan is joined by Surina Khan, CEO of the Women's Foundation of […]

The Numbers Crunch: What’s so wrong about playing the ‘woman’s card’?

The Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2016 A new thing in the rollicking presidential race is Donald Trump’s ridiculous slam that […]

We Want a Strong Safety Net

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.

A New Generation of Girl Philanthropists Inspires

Surina Khan, March 11, 2016, Philantopic As seniors at the elite Marlborough School for girls in Los Angeles, Olivia Goodman […]

Mayor Lee & Mayor Schaff Announce Bay Area Women’s Summit

Landmark June 21st Event Will Bring Together Dynamic Leaders & the Community to Advance Equity, Empowerment & Opportunity for Bay […]

We Want Affordable, Accessible Child Care

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.

We Want Women’s Work to Have Equal Value

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.”

We Want Political Parity

“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.

New Database Tracks Women’s Wellness Across California

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 […]

We Want Reproductive Freedom

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.”

We Want Overtime Pay and Labor Protections

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.

We Want Affordable Housing

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.

We Want Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

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.

Meet Teenage Philanthropists Who Are Making a Difference in Los Angeles

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.

California’s success depends on lifting up poor women

Surina Khan, November 30, 2015, Sacramento Bee—When women thrive, our communities and our state thrive. Yet, across California, far too […]

Partnership of Women’s Foundations Pledges $100 Million to Create Pathways to Economic Security for Women and Their Families in America

Women’s Foundation of California Joins the Partnership to Demonstrate the Collective Power of Women’s Foundations in Effective Grantmaking SAN FRANCISCO, […]

WomenGO! Beyond Grantmaking

Norma Alvarez is a member of the WomenGO! giving circle based in Silicon Valley. WomenGO! is one of six giving circles in our network. In this post, Norma describes an experience that transformed the way she thinks about her philanthropy and her contribution to the economic and gender justice movements.

My First Year as CEO

Last month I celebrated my first year as CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. Since 1979, this statewide community […]

Defining Ambition and Success on Our Own Terms

As I read Kristin van Ogtrop’s article, Why Ambition Isn’t Working for Women, in last week’s Time magazine, I reflected […]

It’s Not a Compliment: A Response to Street Harassment

How many times have you been harassed by men you didn’t know as you walked down the street? If you are a woman, the answer is probably more times than you can count.

The Gender Wage Gap Is Not Colorblind

Although all women are disadvantaged by the gender wage gap, the extent to which they are affected remains inextricably tied to race.

Our Giving Circles Award $395K in Grants to 18 Organizations

Over the last 16 years, our giving circles have collectively awarded over $10.8 million to 518 outstanding nonprofit organizations that serve low-income women and girls.

Ten Life-Changing Books by Women of Color

Ever notice how the classic books that you read all throughout high school and college are almost entirely written by white men, while literature by women or people of color is relegated to elective courses that hardly anyone takes?

Want Change? You Have to Do It Yourself.

“This whole policy thing is very new to me. I have an organizing background. I know how to talk to people, listen to their stories and make them understand that they’re leaders. I know how to help people see the power that they have within themselves.”

Ending the Silence: How Mass Incarceration Affects Women

In the era of mass incarceration, what happens to the women who are left behind?

The Kiss That Said It All

It was a simple kiss between two married women, candidly captured by a photographer on a cold winter morning. Yet within months, it had spread like wildfire.

It Takes A Community

“I want to help people. I know that I didn’t go through all the struggles in my life for nothing. I can’t cry over it for the rest of my life, but I can do something with it.”

The Untold Story of Domestic Violence

There is no doubt that women are disproportionately victims of domestic violence, usually at the hands of male partners. But when we frame domestic violence as an issue that only occurs in heterosexual relationships, we erase the very real issue of intimate partner violence within LGBT communities.

Enough! This is not love.

From domestic violence survivor to human rights activist, Women’s Policy Institute-Riverside fellow Nancy Valenzuela has overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to become the formidable champion for women that she is today.

Hysterical Housewife No More

“Luckily for us, the teachers told us about the looming hazardous waste disaster. We had no idea. My two boys were playing and splashing in the puddles. I cringe when I think about it: They were making foam beards!”

Needed: Modern-Day Rosie the Riveters

Surina Khan, The Huffington Post, May 20, 2015—Some of us remember Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter, her goggles, her uncanny […]

We’re Funding Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice

We recently secured funding that will allow us to re-engage and support the reproductive health, rights and justice field in California. We’re accepting grant applications and deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

I’m with Rosie

This statistic took my breath away: Half of all the women in Los Angeles County who have a child under the age of 5 live in poverty. How do they cope? What are the long-term implications for their children? How can we change this situation?

Rest in Power, Kalief Browder

The tragedy of Kalief Browder caused me to reflect on my own work and life experiences. The kids I’ve met on the inside of the system (94 percent of whom have undergone serious trauma). How quickly an injustice like this is to explode on the Internet as a talking point. Yet how uncomfortable an injustice like this is to sit too close to.

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