Category Archives: Social Justice

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 [...]

We all have the power to make a difference

“When you know in your heart you have a really great idea that could help make the world a better place, avoid the naysayers and don’t be afraid to ruffle some feathers. One woman really can make a difference.” – Jacqueline Caster, Founder and President, Everychild Foundation Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California honors [...]

How Do Teens Make Sense of Sexual Harassment?

By Sarah Miller Educator, activist and artist Kesa Kivel wants to give girls ways to navigate gender issues by “owning” their beauty and power, understanding cultural influences, and seeing themselves as agents of change in our society. One of Kesa’s most well-known projects is the Girl House Art Project. For ten months beginning in September [...]

Collaborating to Create a Healthier Central Valley

By Alba Mercado, Program Assistant, Women’s Foundation of California In the small unincorporated community of Lost Hills in California’s Central Valley, residents lack sidewalks, bus stops, libraries, clean water, sports fields and even a high school. The rate of unemployment is a high 23%, and only 13 percent of residents have a high school diploma. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Community-Based Research that Sparks Change

Surina Khan, vice president of programs at the Women’s Foundation of California was recently invited to speak about the role of research in advancing social change. In this excerpt, she gives two examples of community-led research that made a difference. Read the speech As a grantmaker that funds research, in addition to funding other strategies [...]

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 [...]

Fixing the Broken Family Court System

As the Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE), Kathleen Russell channels 18 years of expertise in grassroots organizing to protect mothers and children affected by the nation’s dysfunctional family court system.  According to CJE, the basic right of mothers and fathers to parent and protect their children from harm is regularly violated [...]

Training the Next Generation of Women Advocates

Each year, 15 young women graduate from the Female Leadership Academy (FLA) program of ACT for Women and Girls in Visalia, which started in 2003 during a Women’s Foundation of California event. The Female Leadership Academy (FLA) brings together a diverse group of young women activists who are leading efforts to improve their communities. Participants [...]


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