Category Archives: Economic Opportunity

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) [...]

President and CEO Judy Patrick on New America Media

Since International Women’s Day was established 100 years ago, much progress has been made in advancing the health, safety and economic prosperity of women, both in California and internationally. But there is more work to be done. Last week, I had an opportunity to share some of my thoughts with Shirin Sadeghi of New America [...]

Where Do Women Have the Most Economic Opportunities?

One of our colleagues shared this clever, informative presentation created by JESS3 and The Economist. In just six minutes, you’ll learn highlights of The Economist’s recent 150-page report on women’s economic opportunity around the world. You’ll see which countries are doing the most to empower women by advancing policies and programs that create more productive, [...]

AARP Scholarships for Women 40 Years and Older

Research shows that as women grow older, they’re more likely than men to live in poverty. One reason for that is the persistent wage gap between women and men. Women younger than 35 years old who work full time earn about 90 percent of what their male counterparts earn. But the gap increases for older [...]

Child Care: A Key Building Block for Women’s Economic Security

“You can’t expect a family with young children to get on their feet and get jobs without child care.” – Patty Siegel, executive director, California Child Care Resource & Referral Network Join the Women’s Economic Security Campaign* (WESC) for their next webinar, which will share the findings of their most recent report: Child Care Matters: [...]

Working Moms Challenge the Thinking Behind the Pay Gap

Disturbed by the results of a recent University of Chicago study on women’s earnings,  we asked our resident mothers to weigh in. The study analyzed the careers and earnings of women and MBA graduates and found when women and men graduate, their incomes are nearly identical. However, within 15 years, men’s incomes soar to 75% [...]

In Tough Times, California Can’t Afford to Fail Families

On August 12, Women’s Foundation of California President and CEO Judy Patrick testified before the California Commission on the Status of Women. Judy spoke on behalf of women and girls and addressed the devastating impact budget cuts have had on California’s women, girls and families and the importance of funding safety net programs and education. [...]

Now YOU Can Balance California’s Budget!

Have you ever watched California’s drawn-out budget process and thought to yourself, “I bet I could balance the budget?” Next 10, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and empowering Californians to improve the state’s future, presents the California Budget Challenge. This easy-to-use interactive tool will walk you through the choices legislators face when balancing our [...]

One Million More College Graduates by 2025

By Judy Patrick, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation of California It is simple common sense–education matters. This is a lesson I learned early in life from my parents, the first and only of their siblings to go to college. After my parents graduated in 1949 and as they were beginning the process of starting [...]


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