Monthly Archives: February 2011

LA Exhibit Celebrates the Power of Art to Heal

By Kim Kenny, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with an incredible art exhibit, Pearls of Wisdom, with acclaimed artist Kim Abeles. Over 800 survivors of domestic violence have created art pieces, “pearls,” for the exhibit. These pearls celebrate life, triumph [...]

Where Do Women Have the Most Economic Opportunities?

One of our colleagues shared this clever, informative presentation created by JESS3 and The Economist. In just six minutes, you’ll learn highlights of The Economist’s recent 150-page report on women’s economic opportunity around the world. You’ll see which countries are doing the most to empower women by advancing policies and programs that create more productive, [...]

Strengthening Policies through Women’s Solutions

Our Women’s Policy Institute was featured in Snapshots of Philanthropy, a year-long series created by Northern California Grantmakers (NCG).   With a membership of more than 170 grantmaking foundations and corporations, NCG is committed to showcasing the scope and positive impact of its members in Northern California. In 2008, NCG members awarded more than $3 billion [...]

US House of Representatives Proposes to Eliminate All Title X Funding

By Shailushi Ritchie, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California In the last few weeks, there have been numerous stories about efforts to restrict or eliminate federal funding for abortion, including one that essentially redefines rape by excluding situations in which a woman is unconscious, intoxicated, or otherwise incapacitated.  Despite the well-deserved backlash, the [...]

For the Love of All

By Sande Smith, Director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of California With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I hear my friends talking about love and romance – the bitter, the sweet and the non-existent. Valentine’s Day has become a holiday for taking stock and asking the hard-hearted question – are we a failure or a success in [...]

The Hidden Health Costs of a Manicure

The entrepreneurial Vietnamese-American women who own and work at nail salons in communities across the state run thriving businesses at a high cost—their health. Nail salon workers are exposed to potentially toxic chemicals for hours at a time. The three most toxic of these chemicals, Dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene, are commonly found in nail [...]

WPI Fellows Create Messages that Stick

Photographs by Michelle Chandra, Communications Associate, Women’s Foundation of California Each year the Women’s Foundation of California trains up to 30 women on how to use public policy to create change in California. Our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)  fellows learn how to write bills, influence legislators and organize community support to pass proposed legislation. Since [...]

Is it Passion or is it Abuse on Jersey Shore?

By Cathy Schreiber,Vice President of Development & Finance, Women’s Foundation of California I caught the most recent episode of Jersey Shore (MTV) the other night. Putting aside for a moment the fact that I watch Jersey Shore (what can I say? I love Snookie), this third season continues to offer an opportunity to talk about [...]

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