News & Op Eds

  • Surina Khan, March 30, 2017, Philanthropy News Digest

    Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a new administration work daily to roll back rights our communities have fought hard to win, putting in jeopardy everything from immigrants' rights and economic security to educational equity and women's health.

  • Surina Khan, July 20, 2016, The Mercury News—Here is a snapshot of the state of women in Santa Clara County today: A single mother most likely uses half of her wages for housing. Add in the cost of paying for childcare, which can be more than 35 percent of her income for one child, and chances are she won't have enough money left to pay for food, clothes, healthcare and transportation. Out of 10 women in Santa Clara County, three work in low-wage jobs and one did not graduate from high school.

  • 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: “The new California Women’s Well-Being Index.” March 29, 2016
  • Surina Khan, June 11, 2016, The Monterey Herald—A woman living in Monterey County most likely earns $18 an hour, just $37,710 per year, according to a recent report. She uses 60 percent of her monthly earnings for rent, and 40 percent for child care. Within her circle of five girlfriends, two have been food insecure in the last three years, one has not graduated from high school and two are currently not working. She is registered to vote but did not vote in the 2014 general election.

  • The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2016—SHEROES: Powerful California women will be honored during a Women's Foundation of California event at the Sterling Hotel this evening, with those winning awards including Brown aide Nancy McFadden, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego and Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. Also getting plaudits is Western Center on Law and Poverty lobbyist Jessica Bartholow, who was front and center when Brown signed legislation this year boosting paid leave.

  • KCBS In Depth, May 2, 2016—KCBS' Jane McMillan is joined by Surina Khan, CEO of the Women's Foundation of California which, for more than 30 years, has been working to increase philanthropy and political empowerment for the women and girls of California.
  • The Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2016—A new thing in the rollicking presidential race is Donald Trump’s ridiculous slam that Hillary Clinton is playing the “woman’s card.” As if someone trying to become America’s first female president could somehow avoid voters noticing she’s a woman.

  • Surina Khan, March 11, 2016, Philantopic—As seniors at the elite Marlborough School for girls in Los Angeles, Olivia Goodman and Alana Adams are getting a top-notch education, preparing to attend renowned universities, and looking forward to long and rewarding careers.
  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 21, 2016—Today San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Women’s Foundation of California and San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly announced the Bay Area Women’s Summit, a landmark event that will bring together the most dynamic leaders in government, business, philanthropy, education and others, on Tuesday, June 21 at Moscone Center North in San Francisco.

  • KQED, The California Report, March 29, 2016—The nonprofit California Budget and Policy Center has launched a new database detailing how California women are faring in a variety of areas. Among the categories it drills into are health, economic security and political empowerment.