LWC Leaders Send Letter to UC
The leaders of the California Legislative Women's Caucus sent a letter today to University of California President Janet Napolitano expressing deep concern about recent allegations of sexual harassment at a number of UC campuses, calling the responses from the institutions where the alleged behavior has occured "consistently abysmal."
They requested "meaningful discipline," of the perpetrators, education and training for staff, the involvement of the UC Office of the President in reviewing and proposing disciplinary actions surrounding any allegations of sexual harassment, and the creation of an independent office tasked with the responsibility for handling allegations of sexual harassment.
Rosie The Riveter at the Capitol
To kick off Women's History Month in March, the California Legislative Women's Caucus partnered with Governor Jerry Brown's office to host real-life Rosie the Riveters at the California State Capitol.
Eight women who worked at the Richmond shipyard during World War II were honored on the Assemly and Senate floors during session.
Women Of Color and the Gender Wage Gap
Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color & Select Committee on Women in the Workplace & Legislative Women's Caucus invite you to hear background on the problem and proposals to address this issue from leading experts in the field.
State Capitol, Room 126 at 3:00pm
Given that fewer women are convicted of crimes compared to men, they can be overlooked for what may be ideal approaches to reduce crime and recidivism. Californians for Safety and Justice and Dr. Barbara Bloom, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Sturdies at Sonoma State University, published a toolkit for policymakers and practitioners to develop a gender-responsive community justice system. Entitled, “Meeting the Needs of Women in California’s County Justice Systems,” the goal of this document is to balance the unique needs of women who are incarcerated at county facilities.
We have to make sure incarcerated women and their specific needs are not overlooked as counties and law enforcement make sweeping changes to deal with the escalating number of people they are responsible for jailing.
The Legislative Women’s Caucus with Californians for Safety and Justice hosted a briefing in Sacramento to make legislative members and stakeholders aware of this toolkit.
Hunting Ground Film Screening
Women in California Leadership with the Legislative Women's Caucus hosted a screening of "The Hunting Ground," a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. College Campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film folloows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue - despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath - both their education and justice.
Title IX: Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Secondary Education
On August 12, 2014 the Senate Judiciary Committee held an informational hearing on Title IX. The purpose of the hearing was to focus on the compliance efforts being made by both advocates and in schools. Title IX is essential as it seeks to ensure girls are not subject to discrimination. It is crucial for high schools to comply and promote Title IX and its principles. At the hearing advocates reported on schools' compliance with Title IX and school representatives discussed, from their perspective, how they comply with Title IX, focusing on pregnant and parenting students, sexual harassment, and athletics, and obstacles they face in their efforts to do so. We also heard about innovative community efforts to help ensure compliance with Title IX.
Screening Strategies That Help Prevent Cervical Cancer
The Legislative Women's Caucus and Roche Molecular Diagnostics hosted a legislative staff briefing by Dr. Catherine Behrens on Screening Strategies That Help Prevent Cervical Cancer. The briefing focused on the significance of cervical cancer as a global public health problem, the medical value of newer technology and screening strategies that may help ensure that a higher percentage of women are screened in California.
Catherine Behrens, MD, PhD, FACOG, is Senior Director for Clinical Research at Roche Molecular Diagnostics. She did her PhD research at University of California San Francisco and attended medical school at Stanford University. She completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, also at Stanford. Dr. Behrens was in clinical practice for over 20 years and maintains board certification from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Behrens returned to research in the women's health field, initially at Genomic Health and has been the clinical lead for HPV at Roche Molecular Systems since 2009.