Monthly Archives: August 2010

Staying Connected As We Grow Older

Last week, NPR did a story on an alternative to nursing homes. Nicknamed “Granny pods,” these are mini mobile homes that can be rented and placed in a family’s backyard to function as a spare bed room for an elderly relative. You can read the transcript (or listen) to the article here. We asked a [...]

Women’s Suffrage 90 Years Later

By Michelle Chandra, Communications Associate, Women’s Foundation of California Today, August 26th, is Women’s Equality Day, a national holiday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But  the US government would never have recognized the political equality of women and men if it hadn’t been for [...]

In Tough Times, California Can’t Afford to Fail Families

On August 12, Women’s Foundation of California President and CEO Judy Patrick testified before the California Commission on the Status of Women. Judy spoke on behalf of women and girls and addressed the devastating impact budget cuts have had on California’s women, girls and families and the importance of funding safety net programs and education. [...]

Photoblog: Women Sowing Change in the Central Valley

“25 Stories of the Central Valley” is a compelling, interactive online exhibit –  “a window into the little-known lives of people who are making the Central Valley safer for everyone.” Through photos, oral interviews, and theater, UC Santa Cruz graduate student Tracy Perkins has created a public arts project that showcases the shocking, sad and [...]

30 Million Women Will Benefit from Health Care Reform

We were excited when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this past March. But now we have even more reason to be excited! The National Women’s Law Center and the Commonwealth Fund have just released extensive research on the impact health care reform will have on the [...]

Women Are Changing Philanthropy

By Joy Picus Women’s philanthropy has become one of the major commitments in my life.  I read about it, speak on it and allow it to occupy my thoughts—a lot! About 15 or so years ago, I was asked by a representative of the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) of the University of Wisconsin Foundation if [...]

Helping Women Today to Help Themselves Tomorrow

By Zaheva Knowles, Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Time for Change Foundation Dedicated to helping women, no matter their circumstances, to better their lives and their communities, Time for Change Foundation has launched the Center for Advocacy and Leadership Development. The Center’s curriculum draws upon the strength of the Foundation’s executive director, Kim Carter, [...]

A Different Measure for Beauty

By guest blogger Emma Spencer, an 8th grade English teacher in Mountain View At the Sunday Streets event in San Francisco’s Mission District, a bright colored table staffed by two teen girls caught my eye.  Actually I think it might have been their t-shirts with pithy slogans that I noticed; these girls obviously had something [...]

Now YOU Can Balance California’s Budget!

Have you ever watched California’s drawn-out budget process and thought to yourself, “I bet I could balance the budget?” Next 10, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and empowering Californians to improve the state’s future, presents the California Budget Challenge. This easy-to-use interactive tool will walk you through the choices legislators face when balancing our [...]


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