Women Making News

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence in the Digital Age

May 27, 2015

It isn't often that a family funeral is also a source of hope, but that is exactly what it represented for one California woman. While searching for a way to escape her violent and controlling husband, she found opportunity in an out-of-state family funeral.

Senator Leyva Launches "Healthy Relationships and Safe Schools Act"

Feb 27, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced legislation that tackles adolescent relationship abuse by promoting education on healthy relationships in schools.

Co-sponsored by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the Women’s Foundation of California Policy Institute, SB 592 also requires school safety plans to include procedures and policies to prevent and respond to incidents of adolescent relationship abuse in middle and high schools.  This important bill also requires schools to train staff and administrators regarding adolescent relationship abuse and compels them to provide annual notice to parents and guardians of the adolescent relationship abuse policies and available community-based resources.

California Legislators Urge Speedy Inquiry Into Prison Sterilizations

Aug 22, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Legislators on Wednesday fast-tracked an audit into why doctors under contract with the state sterilized nearly 150 female prison inmates from 2006 to 2010 without the required authorizations.

During a hearing at the State Capitol, members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved the investigation into female sterilization and asked the California State Auditor’s office to make the review its highest priority.

Legislative Women's Caucus Releases List of Priority and Endorsed Bills

May 28, 2013

2013 Priority and Endorsed Bills

*Priority and Endorsed bills received at least 55% support from the Legisaltive Womens' Caucus.  Legislative support is not necessarily reflective of the views of all individual Members of the Legislative Women's Caucus.*



AB 154 (Atkins) Women’s Health Priority

Legislative Women's Caucus leadership plan legislative action against outdated rape law

Jan 06, 2013

January 4, 2013

Rape case story prompts promise of legislative action

By: Elex Michaelson


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Eyewitness News first reported on it Thursday night, and now there is a widespread call for action to plug a loophole in California's rape law.

How California Women Fared in the 2012 State Legislative Elections

Nov 25, 2012

Election Results for Women Candidates

California State Legislature



In California, 11 women left the legislature, due to term limits, congressional runs, or sought not to seek reelection (4 Senate, 7 Assembly).

Supporting Women Veterans

Oct 03, 2012

Commission on Status of Women and Girls Joins New Coalition to Support Women Veterans:

State Library Survey Prompts Action

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Victims of Domestic Violence and Advocates Join to Bring Justice to Incarcerated Victims of Domestic Violence

Aug 22, 2012

(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties) joined Brenda Clubine, a survivor who spent 26 years behind bars for defending her life against her abuser, Senator Noreen Evans, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Tara Shabazz from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and other advocates this morning to advocate for AB 593 and AB 1593 known as the “Sin by Silence” bills. Shortly after, both bills passed out of the Senate floor.

Victim Services Funding Resolution Passes Senate

Apr 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Fresh on the heels of the United States’ Senate action to reauthorize funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) today announced her Senate Joint Resolution 20 passed off the Senate Floor with a bipartisan 29-1 vote.  The bill will next be heard in Assembly Rules.  SJR 20 calls upon the U.S.