Category Archives: Public Policy

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 [...]

It’s Time to Raise the Cost of Human Trafficking

By Daphne Phung, Executive Director & Founder of California Against Slavery This June, I went on a police undercover sting that targeted sex trafficking of girls in Oakland. What I saw was surreal. Young girls waiting at every street corner along the “track” to hop into cars with adult men, some old enough to be their grandfathers. [...]

California Not Ready to Relocate Inmates from State Prisons to Counties

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of our grant partner the Time for Change Foundation, is passionate about reducing recidivism and crime in California through supportive services and rehabilitation. She has been working with California state government for ten years: educating, informing and advocating about issues related to incarceration. Most recently, Ms. Carter has taken a [...]

WPI Fellows Strive to End Shackling of Pregnant Women

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant Tamaya Garcia has been fighting for Assembly Bill 568 for two years with our grant partner the Center for Young Women’s Development. AB 568 would ensure that the least restrictive restraints possible are used on pregnant women who are in jail. In other words, it would end the use of belly chains, leg irons, ankle restraints [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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