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We Choose Joy

“Joy is a choice… reclaiming joy is transgressive…it is a threat to systems of control…It allows us to move from […]

Attitude of Gratitude

photo caption: Bia Vieira and Mazuri Colley at this year’s WFC retreat Born and raised in Brazil, I’ve long found […]

Our 2022 Feminist Policy Wins

When intersectional feminist policy becomes law, we’re all winners. And we won big this legislative cycle.  This year’s Solís Policy […]

Gov. Newsom Vetoes AB 2320 & Feminist Policy Making as a Continuous Conversation

Art by Micah Bazant for the fabulous crew at Forward Together We are in that brief moment of time in […]

It’s Time to Sign! Keep the Pressure on These 5 Feminist Bills

We’re so close to FIVE new pieces of intersectional feminist legislation becoming law. Our Solís Policy Institute fellows across California  […]

Meet SPI Local Class of 2023

We are thrilled to introduce you to this year’s newest Solís Policy Institute Local class! Meet these four incredible teams […]

These SPI Bills Need Your Help NOW!

We’re not letting anyone stand in the way of advancing a policy agenda deeply rooted in our intersectional feminist values. Today […]

5 Reasons You Need to Know about SB 1017

We are living through the greatest housing crisis of our time. The potential of eviction and worries about next month’s […]

Why California is in a “ready stance”

photo via @ameliamaris California is in a ready stance.* This is not an accident or some stroke of luck. We […]

The Video: An Interview with SPI Alum Jess Torres

Earlier this year, Jess Torres (Solís Policy Institute class of 2019) was asked to share a spoken word piece at […]

Solís Policy Institute Alums :: Where Are They Now Summer Solstice 2022 Edition

photo of SPI alum Clarissa Doutherd from the documentary Clarissa’s Battle from CB Smith-Dahl Solstice comes from the Latin for “sun […]

You + Our Feminist Policy Agenda

Photo caption: SPI State Team Class of 2021-2022 Feminist Policy is the best kind of group project. This year’s Solís […]

Hollywood is Telling Kim Carter’s Story

Photo caption: Kim Carter will be featured in one of seven segments of a film that highlights inspiring women. Pictured […]

Changing the Face of Power

Godmother of intersectionality, activist, and professor Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw once said, “It’s not about convincing those who are currently in […]

Feminist Laws Signed in CA ✅

Photo of Governor Newsom signing the Momnibus Act with partners Forget #sweaterweather or return of the PSL, it’s bill signing […]

Bills, Bills, Bills

Representation matters whether it’s on the silver screen, in the halls of congress, or in our state legislature. And our […]

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 […]

Welcome our Solís Policy Institute Local Class of 2022!

From Santa Cruz to Riverside, our Solís Policy Institute (SPI) Local Class of 2022 reflects the diversity of California and […]

Happy Birthday Bea Solís

Co-authored by Surina Khan CEO, Women’s Foundation California Dr. Robert K. Ross, MD President & CEO The California Endowment   […]

Solís Policy Institute (SPI) Pandemic Policymaking

Our Solís Policy Institute (formerly Women’s Policy Institute) fellows make policy, cultivate community, and they adapt. As they navigate the […]

¡Presente su solicitud!

No pierda la oportunidad de unirse a la próxima generación de creadores de cambio de políticas. El plazo de presentación […]

Taking Care of One Another 💞

Our Women’s Policy Institute is built by people who have been through the program themselves. WPI Alum Marisol, Libby, and […]

¿Aplicando al Instituto de Políticas Locales de las Mujeres?

¿Preparado para sacar a relucir su poder político local? Las solicitudes para el Instituto de Políticas Locales de las Mujeres […]

La solicitud de WPI-Local 2022 ha abierto

¿Estás listo/a para contribuir a fortalecer tu comunidad y cambiar la situación actual a nivel local? ¡Nuestro Instituto de Política […]

WPI Victory Lap 2020

As we pass from one season to another, I want to take a moment to celebrate the big victories, small […]

Moving Money, Making History

We are moving money. We are shifting priorities. We are creating a California where the laws and budgets reflect who […]

Welcome Women’s Policy Institute-State Class of 2021!

Women’s Foundation California is proud to introduce you to the 18th cohort of the Women’s Policy Institute- State Class of 2021! As we […]

Solís Policy Institute LA County Team Wins Funding to Expand Doula Services

Recently, the Solís Policy Institute Los Angeles County Health Justice Team advocated for and won increased funding for high-quality doula […]

Welcome Women’s Policy Institute State Class of 2019-2020!

The Women’s Foundation of California is proud to introduce you to the 17th cohort of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows, the Class of 2020. More […]

Transforming the Halls of Power, WPI-State Class of 2018

It’s been a pretty exciting year for the 30 community leaders who make up our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) – […]

Congratulations to WPI-State Class of 2018

July 31, 2018 Written by Surina Khan, CEO Women’s Foundation of California ***Below is the keynote address given by Surina […]

Watch now! Women’s Policy Institute Criminal Justice Team Introduced on Senate Floor

  Earlier this month, May 14th, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 1393, authored by Senators Holly Mitchell and Ricardo […]

Changing Policy at the Local Level: WPI-Local 2017-2018

April 24, 2018 Written by Elizabeth Ayala, Senior Program Associate, Women’s Foundation of CA “The Women’s Policy Institute has changed […]

Introducing the 2018 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State

The Women’s Foundation of California is proud to introduce you to the 2017-2018 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows. More effective […]

Big Updates on the 14th Class of Women’s Policy Institute-State

The graduation of the Women’s Policy Institute-State Class of 2017 is upon us. Each of the five teams have worked […]

Extended: Apply Now to Work on Medical Abortion Bill

Calling all reproductive justice policy advocates! This is a special application to recruit advocates for a Women’s Policy Institute-State team which […]

Apply now! #WomensPolicyInstitute-State

We’re accepting applications for the 2018 class of the Women’s Policy Institute-State now!  Are you an advocate or activist in […]

Economic justice for formerly incarcerated women in San Bernadino County

Imagine: You are a 22 year old woman with a child, and you just got convicted of your very first […]

Introducing: The Environmental Justice Team of Women’s Policy Institute-State

The Women’s Foundation of California is proud to introduce you to the 2016–2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute–State (WPI) fellows. […]

Introducing: the Interpersonal Violence Team of Women’s Policy Institute-State

The Women’s Foundation of California is proud to introduce you to the 2016–2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute–State (WPI) fellows. […]

Introducing the Child Care Team of Women’s Policy Institute-State

“Child care is not just a poverty or investment issue – it is about fundamental human rights.” – Clarissa Doutherd […]

Introducing: The Trans Liberation Team of Women’s Policy Institute-State

I didn’t realize that policy work and legislative advocacy for communities could bring about real change to so many. – […]

The 2016-17 Class of the Women’s Policy Institute-State

I didn’t realize that policy work and legislative advocacy for communities could bring about real change to so many.  – […]

Local Women Lead Policy Change in Inland Empire

Surina Khan, January 25, 2016, The Press Enterprise What happens when we give women the tools, resources and relationships they […]

I ♥ Women’s Policy Institute

We’re participating in #GivingTuesday this year and are trying to raise $60,000 and fund an entire Women’s Policy Institute team. This groundbreaking program has changed the lives of 300 graduates and they have gone on to change the lives of thousands of women.

WPI Graduate Elected to Public Office

Last week, Jessie Ryan, a Women’s Policy Institute graduate, was elected to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board. Jessie was chosen to represent Area 7, the poorest, most diverse district in SCUSD. We simply can’t think of a more qualified candidate for the job.

Women’s Foundation of California Names 20 Community Based Leaders as 2014-2015 Women’s Policy Institute Fellows

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2014 (PRNewswire-USNewswire)—The Women's Foundation of California announced today that 20 leading social justice advocates working within […]

Learn about our 2013-14 WPI Criminal Justice Team

(left to right) Vanessa Perez, Time for Change Foundation; Deborah Small, Break the Chains; Diana Zuniga, Californians United for a […]

February 2014 Update on Our Women’s Policy Institute Fellows

Our eleventh class of fellows finds themselves at a midpoint in their fellowship. They’ve already attended two four-day retreats and […]

2013 Women’s Policy Institute bills

Our 10th class of Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)  fellows is walking on water. As of June 24, 2013, the six […]

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