Category Archives: Social Justice

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

From Victims to Leaders: the Groundbreaking Work of Banteay Srei

By Ruwani Ekanayake, Research Intern, Women’s Foundation of California When you hear the phrase “sexually exploited minor” (SEM), what comes to your mind? International human trafficking? Helpless victims? Those aren’t the views of the women of Banteay Srei. Founder Elizabeth Sy explains: “Please don’t approach every young woman that we work with as this horrified, [...]

Building Momentum for Women and Families in California

On Friday, May 20th, almost 300 people joined us in LA at the Momentum Awards! The energy in the room was incredible. Each of our honorees—Jacqueline Caster, Senator Carol Liu and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative—inspired us with their stories. Peggy Orenstein gave the keynote and Aisha Tyler was witty and gracious as our Mistress [...]

Six Years: Six Lessons Learned

By Surina Khan, Vice President of Programs, Women’s Foundation of California It’s hard to believe, but at the end of this month I will leave the Women’s Foundation of California after six wonderful years. In my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with leading advocates, organizers, researchers, donors and institutional funders who are [...]

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