Category Archives: Health

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 [...]

Beauty Tips from the Non Profit World

By Sarah Miller, Intern, Women’s Foundation of California You might think that we Ivory soap lovers here at the Women’s Foundation of California don’t spend much time thinking about beauty products. I’m here to tell you that it’s so not true. We really care about nail polish. No, I’m not talking about the newest shade [...]

From Idea to Influencer: the story of ACT for Women and Girls

By Ruwani Ekanayake, Research Intern, Women’s Foundation of California Like a lot of bright ideas,  ACT for Women and Girls (ACT) began with a group of women sitting around a living room debating and conversing. Since that 2003 listening circle, ACT has become one of Tulare County’s most influential reproductive health and youth empowerment organizations. [...]

How Do You Know If You Are In Menopause?

By guest blogger Celia Bernstein, Director of Development at the Westside Family Health Center Question: How do you know if you are in Menopause? Answer: You’ll just know. As in “you will just know” when you go into labor or when your daughter begins her adolescence. You’ll know it when you are in it and [...]

US House of Representatives Proposes to Eliminate All Title X Funding

By Shailushi Ritchie, Development and Communications Officer, Women’s Foundation of California In the last few weeks, there have been numerous stories about efforts to restrict or eliminate federal funding for abortion, including one that essentially redefines rape by excluding situations in which a woman is unconscious, intoxicated, or otherwise incapacitated.  Despite the well-deserved backlash, the [...]

The Hidden Health Costs of a Manicure

The entrepreneurial Vietnamese-American women who own and work at nail salons in communities across the state run thriving businesses at a high cost—their health. Nail salon workers are exposed to potentially toxic chemicals for hours at a time. The three most toxic of these chemicals, Dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene, are commonly found in nail [...]

Surina Joins Women’s Health Policy Council

We are very excited to announce that our Vice President of Programs Surina Khan was appointed to the Women’s Health Policy Council (WHPC) of Los Angeles County. While WHPC works directly with the Office of Women’s Health in Los Angeles (OWH) to improve health policies, programs and services offered to all women in Los Angeles, [...]

Food for Thought

By Surina Khan, Vice President of Programs, Women’s Foundation of  California A few weeks ago I was at a women’s leadership event in Fresno. I was asked to say a few words about when I realized that I was a leader. As the youngest of six children, I had to exert my leadership early just [...]


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