Monthly Archives: April 2011

Say Uncle: The Poetry of Kay Ryan

By Michelle Chandra, Communications Associate, Women’s Foundation of California I was first introduced to the poetry of Kay Ryan during a contemporary poetry class at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ryan is a Californian poet born in San Jose. She grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and now resides in Marin where [...]

We all have the power to make a difference

“When you know in your heart you have a really great idea that could help make the world a better place, avoid the naysayers and don’t be afraid to ruffle some feathers. One woman really can make a difference.” – Jacqueline Caster, Founder and President, Everychild Foundation Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California honors [...]

Decked Out Through the Decades: A Fashion Fundraiser

By Isabelle Sanderson On March 13, students with the Marlborough School Charitable Fund* celebrated five years of grant-making with a fashion show. Decked Out Through the Decades featured designs by Marlborough students and modeled by Marlborough students! The sold-out event raised $25,000, which will be donated to charities over the school year. It was an [...]

How Do Teens Make Sense of Sexual Harassment?

By Sarah Miller Educator, activist and artist Kesa Kivel wants to give girls ways to navigate gender issues by “owning” their beauty and power, understanding cultural influences, and seeing themselves as agents of change in our society. One of Kesa’s most well-known projects is the Girl House Art Project. For ten months beginning in September [...]

In the News: Judy Patrick on State Prison Reform and Change

Judy Patrick, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California recently authored a Sacramento Bee op-ed on state prison reform and a Re: Philanthropy blog post on theories of change. Excerpts and links below! Comments welcome. Viewpoints: Put focus on women for state prison reform By Judy Patrick Sacramento Bee, April 9, 2011 How [...]

From Coos Bay to Poetry

By guest blogger Sarah Miller At eighteen I left Coos Bay, Oregon for Barnard College in New York. Unfortunately, my first women’s college experience occurred days after my arrival when a famous actress and her Spence admirers ditched me somewhere in the Village on our way to a club. A week later, I was sitting [...]

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights – Surprising Facts

By Cathy Schreiber, Vice President of Development & Finance, Women’s Foundation of California On Wednesday, March 30, the Women’s Foundation of California celebrated International Domestic Workers Day by co-hosting a webinar with the Women Donors Network featuring two of the leaders of the national and statewide movement for domestic workers’ rights: Ai-jen Poo of the [...]

Interview: The Importance of CalFresh Benefits

Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California trains up to 30 women on the legislative process as part of the Women’s Policy Institute. WPI fellows learn how to write bills, educate legislators and organize community support to pass proposed legislation. We sat down with WPI fellow Stella Kim (Policy and Communications Specialist at *California Partnership) [...]


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