Monthly Archives: June 2011

Living up to Liberty’s Promise

By Edissa Nicolas, Smart Cookie Program Associate, Women’s Foundation of California I don’t remember coming to this country; I was only a baby. But I have many stories, mostly from my mother, who reminds with a voice full of reproach and outrage at my father that he wanted to leave us behind in order to [...]

News Update: Judy Patrick on California’s Budget

 As of today, Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown have negotiated a deal for California’s budget, which is expected to pass early this week. Over the past few months, as our president and CEO Judy Patrick has watched the budget negotiations, which have not included the voices and perspectives of low-income women and families, she’s been [...]

We Can All Make a Difference: Momentum Awards 2011

On May 20, 2011, we honored incredible women leaders at the Momentum Awards in Beverly Hills. Each of our honorees—Jacqueline Caster, Senator Carol Liu and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative—inspired us with their stories. New York Times writer Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, gave the keynote and actor Aisha Tyler was [...]

Walmart Decision Raises the Question, How Will Women Achieve a Fair Workplace?

By Judy Patrick, CEO and President, Women’s Foundation of California One of the first news items I heard on Monday was the result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. I was disheartened to hear that the Court decided that 1.6 million women did not have enough in common to [...]

Honoring Fathers and the Generosity of Strangers

By Cathy Schreiber, Vice President of Development and Finance, Women’s Foundation of California Being a parent is a unique and extraordinary experience, one that at its roots is about caring for another. Yet parents are not the only people who feel this impulse or take this conscious action. This Father’s Day, I honor all of [...]

Grant Partners in the News

Congratulations to our grant partners who have been in the news recently! We are proud to support the ground-breaking efforts of these organizations. Since 1979, we have invested $28.8 million dollars supporting over 1,200 organizations in California whose work advances the health, safety and economic security of Californians. Banteay Srei was featured in the New [...]

Rosenberg Foundation presents Justice in California

Our colleagues at the Rosenberg Foundation recently published a series of thought-provoking essays by some of California’s leading visionary activists and thinkers. We’re so pleased and honored that our long-time friend and colleague Hugo Morales selected our 2010 Sowing Change tour as the topic of his essay. Dolores Huerta, another long-time friend, has written a [...]

From Victims to Leaders: the Groundbreaking Work of Banteay Srei

By Ruwani Ekanayake, Research Intern, Women’s Foundation of California When you hear the phrase “sexually exploited minor” (SEM), what comes to your mind? International human trafficking? Helpless victims? Those aren’t the views of the women of Banteay Srei. Founder Elizabeth Sy explains: “Please don’t approach every young woman that we work with as this horrified, [...]

How to Invest in the Future, Even When Living on a Shoestring: Inspiration for California

By guest blogger Gwendy Donaker Brown Like millions of its residents, the State of California is going through lean times. But that’s no excuse for us not to invest in the future. This was my realization earlier this month when I attended a Sacramento briefing with Nancy McFadden, Governor Brown’s Executive Secretary. She spoke candidly [...]

Battling the Princess: Motherhood and Girly-Girl Culture

By Shailushi Ritchie, Development and Communications Officer Once upon a time, not that long ago, I was a little girl.  I have great memories of my childhood—riding my bike, getting scuffed and dirty playing soccer, and climbing trees, much to the chagrin of my mother, who inevitably had to clean sap out of my clothes.  [...]

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