Monthly Archives: October 2010

Parent Voices: Child Care Matters

“Before I joined Parent Voices three years ago, I never knew I had a voice or that my voice mattered. Today, I know better…Parent Voices has changed the person I used to be into the person I always wanted to be, strong, confident and fearless!” – Parent Voices member Parent Voices is a network of [...]

The Hero and the Crown

By Shailushi Ritchie, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California During my childhood in a small farming community in Illinois, I often felt like a visitor from another planet. I was so different from classmates that I might as well have been an actual alien. As an Indian girl, so much about me was [...]

Female Characters We Admired Growing Up

In an entertainment world where male characters are often shown to be the ones who are brave and powerful  (as research conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media shows), we at the Women’s Foundation of California decided to ask ourselves, what female characters in books, television and film did we admire while [...]

Food for Thought

By Surina Khan, Vice President of Programs, Women’s Foundation of  California A few weeks ago I was at a women’s leadership event in Fresno. I was asked to say a few words about when I realized that I was a leader. As the youngest of six children, I had to exert my leadership early just [...]

Women, We Need Your Vote

This past Tuesday, on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, Judy Patrick, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California joined other women leaders for a press conference on the importance of women voting on November 2nd. At the same time, women leaders in Sacramento and Los Angeles gathered to speak out. It took [...]

From Vision to Policy: Women’s Policy Institute Legislative Wins

Over the past few weeks, the work of our Women’s Policy Institute fellows has been in the news, in big ways! Julia Liou, a former Institute fellow, helped develop and supported the passage of the California Safe Cosmetics Act (SB 484) and is now working with another former fellow, Lisa Fu, on the California Healthy [...]

Community Change in the Central Valley – Pixley, CA

By Ellen Sloan This is the second blog post by Board Member Ellen Sloan, who attended Sowing Change 2010, a funder’s tour of the Central Valley. In the Central Valley between Bakersfield and Fresno, the small unincorporated town of Pixley is building a community that works. This town of 2,900 is dealing with pesticide drift, [...]

The Women’s Foundation of California Voter Guide

Election Day is November 2nd. Candidates are gearing up for the end of their campaigns, and absentee ballots are arriving in our mailboxes. You might be wondering how to vote! To make it easier for you to understand the issues, the Women’s Foundation of California analyzed the propositions from the perspective of women and girls [...]


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