Author Archives: sandesmith

Why I Went to Prison

 by Michelle Cale, guest blogger I first went to prison in May 2010.  Luckily for me, I was able to leave the same day because I was just a visitor.  I was part of a group invited by Get On The Bus, a nonprofit organization that had recently brought together mothers incarcerated in the Central [...]

News Round-up for Report on How Budget Cuts Affect Women and Families

The report, Falling Behind: The Impact of the Great Recession and the Budget Crisis on California’s Women and Their Families, which we released with the California Budget Project has been covered in a variety of media throughout the state. Here’s a select round-up of media. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing the findings in various venues throughout the [...]

Foundation Report Reveals How Budget Crisis Hurts California’s Women and Families

by Judy Patrick, CEO and President, Women’s Foundation of California Last week, we launched our report, Falling Behind: The Impact of the Great Recession and the Budget Crisis on California’s Women and Their Families, prepared by the California Budget Project (CBP).  In addition to holding a press conference with CBP to reveal the report’s findings, we [...]

Despite Setbacks, the Passion for Policy Burns Bright

by Alba Mercado, WPI Coordinator As the 2011/12 Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) class teams wrapped up their policy projects we had a reminder that the work doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s not just about whether or not a bill becomes a law. The Economic Justice team’s bill was AB 828. Their goal was to [...]

Women Need More Than the Vote

By Judy Patrick, CEO & President, Women’s Foundation of California A couple weeks ago, I celebrated the 91st anniversary of US women getting the right to vote. I had the opportunity to celebrate this historic day in Wisconsin and joined the Wisconsin Women’s Network  launching the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute, which is modeled after our own [...]

It’s Time to Redefine Generosity

by Michelle Dench, guest blogger I’ve just returned from a retreat focused on Generosity. The theme of the retreat was “returning to our values in a time of crisis.” This weekend only deepened my understanding of true giving. I came to realize there is no giving and receiving; only giving. Donors at the retreat began asking to be called [...]

Join Warren Buffett’s Call to Stop Fueling the Wealth Gap

by Judy Patrick, CEO & President, Women’s Foundation of California I recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post in which I called upon us to challenge the notion, rooted so deep in this fiercely individual culture, that we are not each others’ keepers.  I asked you to believe, and act as if, we have [...]

Join the Women’s Foundation of California as Executive Assistant

Would you like to join a team that is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s women and families? We have an opportunity for someone who has strong  administrative and organizational skills. This role provides  key support to Judy Patrick, our passionate, focused and busy CEO.  We’re looking for an independent, detail-oriented and collegial person [...]

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 [...]

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