Monthly Archives: September 2010

Holga Photo Blog: Capturing Our Mothers’ Stories

“Growing up, hearing my mom’s stories, I never ever thought that we would have the same experience because we did not get along at all. But from hearing her stories, it made me realize how much we are alike in our life experiences, which makes me feel like I can relate to and understand her [...]

Clean Water – A Privilege Or A Right?

By Ellen Sloan, Board Member of the Women’s Foundation of California Water is a huge issue in the Central Valley.  You don’t have to go to India or Africa to find families drinking unsafe water.  It is right here in California, 100 miles from my home. Our water education came from the folks from Community [...]

Environmental Toxins in the Central Valley

By Surina Khan, vice president of programs, the Women’s Foundation of California Rosenda Mataka remembers a time when pesticides were used less frequently. Now in the small California Central Valley town of Westley where Rosenda lives and works as a community activist, planes regularly fly overhead spraying pesticides on blossoming almond orchards that surround this [...]

Investing in Women’s Leadership in the Central Valley

This week, the Women’s Foundation of California will be leading a funders’ tour in California’s Central Valley: Sowing Change 2010. For two days, we will be meeting with dynamic women leaders in their communities, and learning about both the challenges and opportunities faced by residents of the Central Valley. Since 2001, we’ve invested more than [...]

Organizing for Clean Water in the Central Valley

The Women’s Foundation of California has long been concerned about the quality of water in our state. Hundreds of thousands of people in the San Joaquin Valley are served water contaminated by bacteria, nitrates, arsenic and disinfectant byproducts. The causes of the contaminants are various, ranging from byproducts of dairy farms to heavy use of [...]

Child Care: A Key Building Block for Women’s Economic Security

“You can’t expect a family with young children to get on their feet and get jobs without child care.” – Patty Siegel, executive director, California Child Care Resource & Referral Network Join the Women’s Economic Security Campaign* (WESC) for their next webinar, which will share the findings of their most recent report: Child Care Matters: [...]

Help End Sex Trafficking of Young Women and Girls – Support HR 5575

By Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Foundation of California A couple of weeks ago I turned on CNN to watch an investigative show about domestic sex trafficking. A portion of the program showed a sting operation in Oakland, California in which undercover detectives used a popular online site to catch pimps selling underaged girls [...]

Take Action to End Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

AB 1900 is up for signature by the Governor, and would end the practice of restrictive shackling of pregnant inmates. Currently, nearly two-thirds of California’s county jails shackle pregnant women in ways that could cause miscarriage or other injuries. Bill AB 1900 seeks to stop this inhumane treatment of pregnant women. Tell Schwarzenegger to support [...]

Working Moms Challenge the Thinking Behind the Pay Gap

Disturbed by the results of a recent University of Chicago study on women’s earnings,  we asked our resident mothers to weigh in. The study analyzed the careers and earnings of women and MBA graduates and found when women and men graduate, their incomes are nearly identical. However, within 15 years, men’s incomes soar to 75% [...]


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