Monthly Archives: June 2010

Shattering Stereotypes Worldwide: Geena Davis Speaks to the UN about Children’s Programming

By Sande Smith, Director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of California At our 30th anniversary celebration in November, Academy Award winner Geena Davis shared feedback from fans moved by her portrayals of powerful women who defy stereotypes. Now 18 years since the release of A League of Their Own and teenage girls still approach Geena inspired [...]

Rethinking Aging

By Alexis Marbach, Program Intern, Women’s Foundation of California I have a morning ritual. I usually start my day in a haze, hovered over our coffee maker, while I wait for the only thing I genuinely look forward to when I wake up. I stare out the window, wondering what to wear to work and [...]

Do Women Need a Sex Pill?

by Sande Smith, Director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of California Yesterday, Jennifer Terry published an op-ed in CNN called Do Women Need a Sex Pill? that pops a perennial question. . . what do women want? The impetus for the question? The FDA has been holding hearings on whether or not to approve a new [...]

Highlights from 2010 Momentum Awards

Here’s your chance to get a glimpse of the incredible 2010 Momentum Awards. On May 7, 2010, the Women’s Foundation of California celebrated fearless, passionate and innovative women who champion the rights of women in our communities. It was a luncheon to remember. Take a look at our video featuring highlights. And please share it [...]

Photo Blog: Visiting Women Prisoners in Chowchilla

By Judy Patrick, President and CEO Women’s Foundation of California Photos by Jean Karotkin On May 18th the Race, Gender and Human Rights Donor Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California, the Women Donors Network and leaders of criminal justice organizations spent a day at Central California Women’s Facility, the largest women’s prison in the [...]

Reproductive Justice: Advancing Safe and Healthy Families

During the week of May 24, Vice President of Programs, Surina Khan was in residence at the University of California Santa Cruz as the 2010 Regents Lecturer. Below is an excerpt from the regents’ lecture she delivered, Movement Matters: Potentials for Transformative Change. Last month I had lunch with a woman named Eveline Shen. Eveline [...]

Sign Petition to Stop Four-point Shackling of Pregnant Women

While California already has legislation prohibiting the shackling of prisoners while giving birth, it does not forbid the shackling of pregnant women at many other times. Many California jails use the restrictive method of four-point shackling during transport, which involves chaining a pregnant woman around the belly, ankles and wrists. Movement is further restricted because the [...]

What does it take for low-income women to achieve economic security?

This Spotlight Webcast, featuring members of the Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC), explores the question. Surina Khan, from the Women’s Foundation of California, joins Shante K. Avant, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and Shauné Zunzanyika, Women’s Funding Network, in discussing strategies that are proving to be effective in helping low-income women move out of [...]

News Round-Up: Women and Budget Cuts

Philanthropy Must Play a Role During Budget Crises By Judy Patrick, as seen on Re:Philanthropy After years of watching the California state budget balanced at the expense of women and families, we decided it was time to put a human face on the impact of budget cuts. As a foundation serving communities directly affected by [...]


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