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Aging Justice Team Scores Victory for Elders

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant We are thrilled that Governor Brown just signed SB 897 into law. The Women’s Policy Institute’s Aging Justice Team advocated tirelessly for this critical bill, sponsored by Mark Leno. The bill will require nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly to give notice of any possible foreclosures to residents [...]

Women’s Foundation of California: Get to Know Us

People often ask us who we are and what we do. Well, we do a lot. We strive to improve the lives of women and families in our state. We provide grants to community organizations and work towards policies that benefit women and families. We bring light to issues that are often overlooked and that [...]

Girls and Gangs Helps Girls Realize Potential for Greatness

Robyn Burleson, Intern, Women’s Foundation of California I recently spoke with Dawn Brown, Executive Director and CEO of Girls and Gangs, a Women’s Foundation of California’s grant partner. Girls and Gangs is an inspiring organization based in Southern California that provides support and mentorship to young girls involved in the juvenile justice system. In thinking [...]

Help Transform Public Policy

By Robyn Burleson, Intern, Women’s Foundation of California Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California trains 30 women activists through our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI). The women collaborate in teams, learn how to negotiate the political maze of Sacramento and develop legislation. You can take action and support two of our WPI teams on current [...]

Grant Partner Victory

Congratulations to Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice and our grant partners whose savvy coalition-building led to the removal of 60 anti-choice billboards targeting African American and Latina women. Grant partners involved included: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, ACCESS, Black Women For Wellness, California Black Women’s Health Project, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Generations Ahead, and California [...]

Community Water Center: Clean Water One Grant at a Time

By guest blogger Ruwani Ekanayake “How do you learn about the problem and the power you have to bring about change?” This is a guiding principle of the Community Water Center (CWC), which is dedicated to education and advocacy around drinking water issues in California’s Central Valley. Susana De Anda and Laurel Firestone, the co-founders [...]

Taking Down Billboards, Building Up Trust

By Karla Rodriguez, Program Officer, Women’s Foundation of California Every time I hold my baby girl in my arms, now six months old, I am overwhelmed with emotions as a new mother. I am amazed at my heart’s immense capacity to love so unconditionally. I feel deeply connected to all mothers who share this unbreakable [...]

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 [...]

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