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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.

Who Gets the Right to Choose? Reproductive Justice Is a Race Issue

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.

Policy By Women, For Women

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.

What’s New at the Women’s Foundation of California?

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.

Tribute to Kathryn Green

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.

My mother is fierce because

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 __________.

L.A. Women Fasting for $15

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.

People Not Prisons

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.

Economic Security Is Impossible Without Affordable Childcare

Since its inception in 1999 , Economic Development and Justice giving circle has been trailblazing, advocating for the rights of low-income women and girls.

Transforming Los Angeles Through Girl Power and Philanthropy

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.

My Giving Circle Recipe

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.

Rhiannon Rossi, Welcome!

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!

Dance Mission Gets Out the Vote, Gets $10,000 Grant

Daniel Hirsch, Mission Local, April 1, 2015—In a year of financial uncertainty, Dance Mission Theater got some unexpected good news […]

Ladies first, you say? Here’s what that looks like

Nikole Collins-Puri, The Hill, February 16,2015—As I walked into the hotel lobby, a smiling man opened the door with a […]

In-home care workers deserve overtime

Surina Khan, San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2015—It’s no secret that women face a persistent lag in pay behind their […]

We Have Our Winner!

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.

Straight Talk: Why we disqualified some organizations from the People’s Momentum Award

In line with the rules and regulations of our contest, we needed to disqualify some of the organizations nominated in […]

#pplmomentum Contest Is Here!

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 of California holds online voting contest to award a $10,000 grant

Women’s foundation invites Californians to celebrate Women’s History Month by celebrating women’s organizations doing extraordinary work San Francisco, California, March […]

Women Behind the CA Teen Dating Violence Prevention Bill

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.

Sisterhood is powerful

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.

Raising the Minimum Wage Is a Women’s Issue

Article originally appeared on Sacramento Bee. Earnie Spencer works full time at a minimum-wage job and takes care of her […]

Introducing Women’s Policy Institute-Riverside

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.

Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

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.

The Daily Show Interviews WPI Graduate Karuna Jaggar

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.”

Sweetest Giving Tuesday Video You’ll See

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!

Prop. 47 Matters to Crime Victims

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.

Vallejo native selected by Women’s Foundation

Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald, November 27, 2014—Though Irona Lofton's future was somewhat cloudy while a Hogan High School student, she […]

Economic Mobility for Women in Healthcare

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.

Making Change at the State Capitol

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.

Women Disproportionately Incarcerated for Petty Offenses

SAN FRANCISCO – A new analysis of California prison data underscores an emerging body of research nationally: Today in California […]

The Power of Diverse Leadership

Surina Khan, Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 24, 2014—Despite the fact that in the United States women are earning more […]

Diaper Shortages Leave Low-Income Kids Behind

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.

Marriage Is No Safe Haven from Abuse

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.

Women’s Foundation of California Selects Surina Khan as Next CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire)—Today, the Women's Foundation of California announced that Surina Khan, who has worked for the […]

2013-2014 Annual Report

We foster social change by listening to the women experts and by connecting them to each other, to other nonprofit […]

California’s Minimum Wage Increase Still Pays Poverty Wages

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire)—Today, California's minimum wage increases from $8/hour to $9/hour. But it's too soon to celebrate. […]

Time for California to Set a Fair Standard for Minimum Wage Pay

Judy Patrick, Huffington Post, June 24, 2014—I'm heartened to see national attention on the challenges facing working women and men. […]

$13 Minimum Wage: Good for California

In 2013-14 legislative year, the Women’s Foundation of California co-sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour—SB 935 (Mark Leno). Jane Pak writes about the importance of this bill. Update: Soon after this post was published, the bill died in Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment.

Act Now to Pull Families Out of Poverty

Sign our letter in support of SB 935 (Leno), a trailblazing bill that aims to gradually raise the minimum wage until it’s $13 per hour. Update: This bill died in the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment on June 26, 2014.

Women’s Policy Institute: We’re recruiting!

This is an exciting time for the Women’s Policy Institute. We’re both recruiting our 2014–15 class of fellows and looking to fill an important new leadership position, Senior Program Manager, Women’s Policy Institute.

A Wish for a Powerful Return

Karen Shain speaks to the graduates of the Solano County Women’s Re-Entry Achievement Program (WRAP). This program provides services for mothers and mothers-to-be who are recently released from jail or prison.

Viewpoints: Unfair welfare rule hurts California’s kids

Judy Patrick and Ted Lempert, The Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2014—California’s ability to thrive as the world’s ninth-largest economy depends […]

Bill passes to push California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour

Melodie Gutierrez, The San Francisco Chronicle, May 30, 2014—Calling last year's minimum wage hike a good first step, the California […]

Single Moms Take Note: California Considers Raising the Minimum Wage to $13

Dani McClain, The Nation, May 23, 2014—Significantly raising California’s minimum wage could save lives and and improve the health of […]

The Sad, the Bittersweet and the Good News from Sacramento

This week, our policymakers made important decisions about three key bills, pushing two along and stopping one groundbreaking bill in its tracks.

The Hidden Impact of Incarceration on Women

Gina Clayton, a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow at the Women’s Foundation of California, writes about the devastating effects of mass incarceration on women. Gina is Founder of Essie Justice Group, a fiscal project of the Foundation.

Report: A District-by-District Look at Poverty in California

On Tuesday, May 20, we held a legislative briefing at the state Capitol in Sacramento and unveiled an important set of data related to women’s poverty.

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