Category Archives: Public Policy

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 [...]

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 [...]

Women Give San Diego at the Capital

“And while I have written countless lessons on “How a Bill Becomes a Law” or “How Local, State, and National Government Works,” I’ve never had occasion to witness government in action” until Legislative Action Day. – Stacey Klaman Stacey Klaman, a member of the Women Give San Diego (WGSD) donor circle describes an inspiring experience [...]

Honoring Policy Makers Who Are Improving California for Women and Families

This past Tuesday in Sacramento, we honored three leaders who embodied the spirit and vision of the Women’s Foundation of California. Assembly Member Jim Beall Jr., Assembly Member Fiona Ma and Human Services Consultant Nicole Vazquez are three indomitable individuals who walk their talk each and every day and take the necessary, sometimes very challenging [...]

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 [...]

Domestic Workers Launch Campaign for Bill of Rights

Congratulations to the Domestic Worker Justice Team of the Women’s Policy Institute! Their  proposed bill for a California Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights received extensive press coverage this past week! Domestic Worker Justice team members Altagracia Garcia, Beatriz Herrera, Katie Joaquin, Claudia Reyes and Nancy Zuniga are in our 2010-11 Women’s Policy Institute class. WPI [...]

Strengthening Policies through Women’s Solutions

Our Women’s Policy Institute was featured in Snapshots of Philanthropy, a year-long series created by Northern California Grantmakers (NCG).   With a membership of more than 170 grantmaking foundations and corporations, NCG is committed to showcasing the scope and positive impact of its members in Northern California. In 2008, NCG members awarded more than $3 billion [...]

For the Love of All

By Sande Smith, Director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of California With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I hear my friends talking about love and romance – the bitter, the sweet and the non-existent. Valentine’s Day has become a holiday for taking stock and asking the hard-hearted question – are we a failure or a success in [...]

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 [...]


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