As I read Kristin van Ogtrop’s article, Why Ambition Isn’t Working for Women, in last week’s Time magazine, I reflected […]
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.
Although all women are disadvantaged by the gender wage gap, the extent to which they are affected remains inextricably tied to race.
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.
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?
“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.”
In the era of mass incarceration, what happens to the women who are left behind?
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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!”
Surina Khan, The Huffington Post, May 20, 2015—Some of us remember Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter, her goggles, her uncanny […]
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.
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?
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.
Reproductive rights are essential to the safety and wellbeing of all women. However, the specific reproductive issues faced by women of color are often left out of the mainstream reproductive rights movement.
Public policy should not be gender- or color-blind. That’s why we’ve been training extraordinary community-based women—in particular low-income women, women from communities of color and immigrant women—to become policy advocates.
This is a sneak preview of all the exciting things that have been happening at the Foundation since Surina Khan became CEO. Stay tuned for more blog posts about our Women’s Policy Institute, giving circles, grantmaking initiatives and advocacy work we’re doing through the Stronger California coalition.
Kathryn was a dear friend and we will miss her terribly. The celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 16 at 4 PM at the Stanford Faculty Club.
This Mother’s Day join us in celebrating strong women in our lives. Share a photo and fill in the blank: My mother (grandmother, sister, friend) is fierce because __________.
Eleven women in Los Angeles started fasting on April 16 demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage. If working women and mothers in California are to thrive, as opposed to barely survive, they need to start earning a living wage.
Deborah Drysdale is a member of our Race, Gender and Human Rights (RGHR) giving circle. The mission of this San Francisco-based giving circle is to promote human rights and racial and gender justice by challenging the criminal justice system and its use of mass incarceration in California.
Since its inception in 1999 , Economic Development and Justice giving circle has been trailblazing, advocating for the rights of low-income women and girls.
Violets’ Giving Circle is a youth-led giving circle of the Women’s Foundation of California. Since 2008 they’ve awarded $165,000 in grants for educational programs geared towards underprivileged women.
Today is Michelle Ramos-Burkhart’s last day at the Women’s Foundation of California. She has been our incredible Program Officer, Giving Circles and has done an incredible job spearheading our first Giving Circle Conference, creating important collaborative giving curricula and simply managing a powerful and inspiring network of formidable women philanthropists from all over the state. In this article, she bids us farewell and shares her wisdom with us, and you. Thank you, Michelle. We will miss you.
We’re proud to announce that Rhiannon Rossi is our new Program Officer, Philanthropic Engagement. She will be using her savvy and brilliance to grow the success and impact of our Giving Circle Network, create powerful partnerships between our six giving circles and four donor advised funds and, every step of the way, create opportunities for collaboration, learning and inspiration. Welcome!
Daniel Hirsch, Mission Local, April 1, 2015—In a year of financial uncertainty, Dance Mission Theater got some unexpected good news […]
Nikole Collins-Puri, The Hill, February 16,2015—As I walked into the hotel lobby, a smiling man opened the door with a […]
Surina Khan, San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2015—It’s no secret that women face a persistent lag in pay behind their […]
Three weeks. 500 incredible women’s rights organizations. 64,000 votes cast. 78,000 shares on Facebook. 53,000 mentions on Twitter. People’s Momentum Award has been an incredible experience and we now have our winner: Dance Mission. They’ll be using their crowd-sourced $10,000 grant to help pay for their rent, which was recently increased by whopping $25,000 per year.
In line with the rules and regulations of our contest, we needed to disqualify some of the organizations nominated in […]
Today, on International Women’s Day and eight days into Women’s History Month, we are launching the People’s Momentum Award (#pplmoment), an online voting contest that invites you to tell us what organizations are doing great work on behalf of women and families and should receive our grant.
Women’s foundation invites Californians to celebrate Women’s History Month by celebrating women’s organizations doing extraordinary work San Francisco, California, March […]
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and we wanted you to know that five intrepid Women’s Policy Institute fellows are working on bold legislation that aims to prevent adolescent relationship abuse. Their solution: making violence education and prevention a part of school education in California.
Essie Justice Group is a new organization launched by our Soros Justice Fellow, Gina Clayton. We are proud to incubate and fiscally sponsor Gina’s organization. This past weekend, Essie brought women with incarcerated loved ones together to connect, bond, start a new organization—and a new movement.
Article originally appeared on Sacramento Bee. Earnie Spencer works full time at a minimum-wage job and takes care of her […]
We’re expanding our groundbreaking Women’s Policy Institute to Riverside County! We are looking to create a powerhouse team of 20 county-level policy advocates who are ready to roll up their sleeves and learn how to articulate and shape real policy solutions to modern-day, complex challenges their communities face.
We applaud Senator Mark Leno’s decision to introduce legislation (SB3) that aims to raise California’s minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016 and $13 in 2017. Six out of ten minimum wage workers are women. In this post, Jane Pak talks to a 63-year-old worker from Fairfield, Angela Grott.
Watch Karuna Jaggar, a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute and executive director of Breast Cancer Action, talks with the hilarious Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) about “pink fracking.”
On #GivingTuesday we’re raising funds to support one Women’s Policy Institute team. Watch our new video about the Institute, its brilliant graduates and their legislative victories over the years. UPDATE: We raised over $31,000 on #GivingTuesday!
We’re supporting Prop 47 because it’s taking a step toward fixing our state’s broken criminal justice system. Our current Women’s Policy Institute fellow, Heather Warnken, explains why Prop 47 is important for crime victims.
Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald, November 27, 2014—Though Irona Lofton's future was somewhat cloudy while a Hogan High School student, she […]
We recently launched our Women’s Economic Mobility Initiative. We awarded $500K in grants to six organizations that are helping increase employment and advancement opportunities for low-income women in the healthcare sector. Our CEO Surina Khan answers questions about this initiative.
Last week we announced that 20 community based and nonprofit leaders have been selected as Class of 2015 Women’s Policy Institute fellows. Our CEO Surina Khan talks about the impact this program has had over the years and why it’s so crucial for women to become involved in the legislative process.
SAN FRANCISCO – A new analysis of California prison data underscores an emerging body of research nationally: Today in California […]
Surina Khan, Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 24, 2014—Despite the fact that in the United States women are earning more […]
Alysia Cox, our 2014 Women’s Policy Institute fellow, writes about the diaper shortage facing agencies throughout California and the legislation—AB 1516 (Gonzalez)—her team is working on this year to address the unmet diaper needs.
Mariya Taher, our 2013-14 Women’s Policy Institute fellow, wrote an article for the SF Examiner about domestic violence and the bill her team is working on, AB 1579. In it, she debunks the myth that marriage protects women from abuse. Update: AB 1579 was signed into law on September 26, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire)—Today, the Women's Foundation of California announced that Surina Khan, who has worked for the […]
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