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The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California Focuses on Key Areas Crucial to the Advancement of Women

Mar 19, 2015

This Report reveals that women and girls in California continue to be disadvantaged than men in important areas — from education and earnings to political representation. While women earn more college degrees than men, they are far outpaced in the highest-paying fields. Within the majority of professions, women on average earn less and fewer women than men reach the top leadership positions. Single women with children are more likely than men to struggle in poverty, especially women of color. Women can expect to live longer than men, but the disparities in health and healthcare among ethnic groups persist. While the number of women serving in the United States Congress hit a historic high in 2015, the representation of women in California has lost ground at the state level.

Women and Healthy Aging

Apr 18, 2013

Approximately 2.3 million women in California are 65 years old or over. Another 3.3 million California women are between the ages of 50 and 65. These women, born before or during the baby boom, represent 15 percent of California’s population and potentially face health issues associated with aging.

Advancing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for women and girls

Apr 18, 2013

Our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders despite making up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and half of the college-educated workforce. That leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the United States, even as there is wide agreement that the nation must do more to improve its competitiveness.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Mar 08, 2013

On Monday, March 4, 2013, the Legislative Women’s Caucus Breaking celebrated Women’s History Month with an Assembly Floor ceremony:  Breaking the Glass Ceiling.  A reception and luncheon to honor these 11 amazing women was held before and after the event, respectively.  

The awards celebrate the successes of California women in breaking barriers in the fields of science, technology, the arts, the judiciary, and beyond. The honorees broke barriers with achievements previously only realized by men.  

What's the Gender-Based Wage Gap Where You Live?

Dec 17, 2012

An unprecedented analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by the National Partnership for Women and Families shows that the gender-based wage gap affects women in nearly every corner of the country. In 97 percent of congressional districts — 423 out of 435 districts — the median yearly pay for women is less than the median yearly pay for men. This is the first-ever analysis of these data by congressional district, providing a unique opportunity for women, families and lawmakers to consider the local impact of disparities in pay.

California Women in the Olympics

Dec 12, 2012

For the first time in Olympic history all participating teams had female athletes. 
Over 5000 female Olympians came to London in 2012.


Parents Struggle with what is Best for Their Children with Autism

Nov 03, 2011

The first case of autism was diagnosed nearly 70 years ago and it is estimated that 1.5 million children in the US have the disease. Until recently, there were not many resources that families could turn to for information and help, and they were left with a . Mothers are often the researchers and persistent advocates for their children: Where do I find the best resources?  How will my child get into a school with educators that understand the complexities of autism? 

California Woman Suffrage Centennial

Oct 09, 2011

A Brief Summary of the 1911 Campaign

When male voters went to the polls in California in 1911, one of the questions on the ballot was: Should women be allowed to vote? The issue of woman suffrage was being raised across the country and 5 states, all in the west, had approved the radical and controversial idea.