Monthly Archives: March 2011

Video Blog: In Honor of Cesar Chavez – Three Videos Featuring the Central Valley

In honor of Cesar Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers (UFW), we’re pleased to present three short videos featuring women leaders in the Central Valley. Filmed during our 2010 Sowing Change tour, these videos bring to life the challenges facing Central Valley residents, as well as their ideas for making change. Dolores Huerta, who [...]

Girls Just Want to Do Good: Engaging Younger Women in Philanthropy

By Renee Herrell “We have all individually and collectively experienced the magic that is possible when a bright group of women, of all ages and backgrounds, come together with a shared vision,” Linda Katz – co-founder of Women Give San Diego A couple years ago, I realized a dream. I began learning how to be [...]

Collaborating to Create a Healthier Central Valley

By Alba Mercado, Program Assistant, Women’s Foundation of California In the small unincorporated community of Lost Hills in California’s Central Valley, residents lack sidewalks, bus stops, libraries, clean water, sports fields and even a high school. The rate of unemployment is a high 23%, and only 13 percent of residents have a high school diploma. [...]

President and CEO Judy Patrick on New America Media

Since International Women’s Day was established 100 years ago, much progress has been made in advancing the health, safety and economic prosperity of women, both in California and internationally. But there is more work to be done. Last week, I had an opportunity to share some of my thoughts with Shirin Sadeghi of New America [...]

Domestic Workers Launch Campaign for Bill of Rights

Congratulations to the Domestic Worker Justice Team of the Women’s Policy Institute! Their  proposed bill for a California Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights received extensive press coverage this past week! Domestic Worker Justice team members Altagracia Garcia, Beatriz Herrera, Katie Joaquin, Claudia Reyes and Nancy Zuniga are in our 2010-11 Women’s Policy Institute class. WPI [...]

Community-Based Research that Sparks Change

Surina Khan, vice president of programs at the Women’s Foundation of California was recently invited to speak about the role of research in advancing social change. In this excerpt, she gives two examples of community-led research that made a difference. Read the speech As a grantmaker that funds research, in addition to funding other strategies [...]

What’s Charlie Sheen Really Guilty of?

By Shailushi Ritchie, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California By now, most of the United States has heard at least one clip from Charlie Sheen’s mediafest. He’s been on the Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, Gawker Online,, and TMZ, in addition to setting up his own Twitter account (which had more [...]


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