Category Archives: Economic Opportunity

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 [...]

Celebrating the Holidays at La Cocina

This year the Women’s Foundation of California celebrated the holidays by taking a cooking class at La Cocina with Maria Flores, owner and cook for Estrellitas Snacks. Maria taught us to make chicken and spinach tamales. Beyond good food and holiday cheer, we also celebrated our role as the fiscal sponsor of La Cocina. The idea for La Cocina came from a donor [...]

Pulling Families Back from the Edge

When will we realize that supporting women’s ability to work and excel is a key factor in lifting our state’s economy? Since 2007, child care and support for single mothers and low-income families have taken devastating blows as California struggles to balance its budget. Cutting childcare forces many women to choose between taking care of [...]

Amazing Women, Inspiring Stories

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant In high school I traveled to Guatemala with Where There Be Dragons, a study abroad program . For six weeks we lived in a small village in the mountains where we were each assigned a homestay and a tutor. One day, my tutor told me that her ex-husband used to physically and emotionally abuse [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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