The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, a nonpartisan state agency, was created with a view to developing recommendations which enable women to make the maximum contribution to society. The Commission provides information on issues that affect the lives of women and girls including the areas of gender equity in the media; educational needs of women and girls; gender in the workplace and employment; health and safety of women and girls; and women in the military, women veterans, and military families.

Commission Headquarters:
900 N Street, Suite 390
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-5405

Message from the Commission


This year, California’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls celebrates 50 years of substantial impact on state policy affecting gender equity; a half century of progress at home, in the workplace, and in leadership for the state’s women and girls.

Ever since the 1965 establishment of the Commission, California has remained at the forefront in achieving tremendous gains in equity, education, and employment for women and girls.  This impact is sustained through the continued vision and commitment of California’s policy makers, educators, advocates, researchers, and its partners at state, county, and city levels.  The Commission is proud to be an effective leader and contributor to much of this work.

There is still a lot of work to be done.  Despite significant gains, gender equity remains elusive for many women and girls.  The Commission, an independent state agency, is uniquely positioned to help identify and initiate coordinated responses to issues that hinder the success of our women and girls.  Its strong leadership includes statutory, legislative, and public member appointees, as well as a new executive director, who are each real catalysts for change—change that will help achieve gender equity in California, and beyond.

To launch our focus on the future we are releasing this STAT Sheet to benchmark how far we have come and provide a clear direction for action in future years.

In the years to come, the Commission will move forward through public hearings and educational forums, research, collaboration, and outreach with other state and local agencies, women’s organizations, businesses, and the general public to meet achievable goals for California’s women and girls.  Our immediate goals include growing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education;  expanding the number of women and girls in the labor force increasing women veterans’ awareness and usage of earned state and federal benefits.  A first task is to build a readily available, comprehensive database of California policies, programs, state and federal laws, issue information, and other resources relevant to women and girls.

We sincerely thank our research partners at the State Library’s Research Bureau and Mount Saint Mary’s University for providing us with much of the data for this first STAT Sheet.  We salute the significant efforts of our past Commissioners, and pledge that the Commission will carry on their work to increase equity, access, and justice for women and girls in California.

 We look forward to celebrating an even greater impact as we work together for California’s women and girls. 


MAY 2015

May is Bike Month

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

             More about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage

May is Lupus Awareness Month

HR 21, as introduced, Burke.

The State Assembly, in HR 21 as introduced by Assemblymember Autumn Burke, designated the month of May 2015 as Lupus Awareness Month.  Systematic lupus erythematosus, commonly know as lupus, is a chronic, complex, and often life-threatening autoimmune disease. Researchers estimate that five million people have been diagnosed with lupus or related diseases throughout the world, and approximately 100,000 more are diagnosed every year. Lupus strikes women primarily when they are 15 to 44 years of age, inclusive, and it affects all aspects of their lives; and disproportionately affects women of color.

Read House Resolution 21

May is National Military Appreciation Month

May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month.
The Legislature, in SCR 47, as introduced by Senator Jean Fuller honors those men and women who have served and are serving in our nation's military, and recognizes the month of May 2015 as National Military Appreciation Month. 

Read Senate Concurrent Resolution 47

May 1, 2015:  6 a.m. – 10 a.m. State Capitol Old Rose Garden, 14th and L Streets 

May is Bike Month Kick-Off Event. May is Bike Month encourages people to ride their bicycles for errands, recreation, and trips to work and school. Along with many health benefits, cycling eases traffic and parking congestion, and contributes to making Sacramento a better place to live and visit.

May 1, 2015: Space Day

Space Day takes place on May 01, 2015. Space Day is an educational event held on the first Friday in May. It's goal is "to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers". Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997.

Space or outer space describes the vast empty regions between planets and stars. It is often said that space exploration began with the launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth. Then, in an almost unbelievable feat of human achievement, in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin travelled to the Moon and set foot on the surface during the Apollo 11 mission.

May 4, 2015:  Senate Select Hearing – Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity

         Senate Committee hearing on developing  a State strategy to end poverty and deep poverty among women and children. 

            Hearing Agenda

May 6, 2015: Calaveras County Fair Capitol Frog Jump East Lawn near trout pond

May 8, 1914: President Woodrow Wilson signs a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. 

May 10, 2015 is Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has endured. It serves now, as it originally did, to recognize the contributions of women. Mother’s Day, like the job of “mothering”, is varied and diverse. Perhaps that’s only appropriate for a day honoring the multiple ways women find to nurture their families, and the ways in which so many have nurtured their communities, their countries, and the larger world. 

             History of Mother's Day

May 10 - 16, 2015: The week of May 11 – 17, 2015 has been designated “National Women’s Health Week”. It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health.

Take the first step! Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.

            National Women's Health Website

May 11, 2015: The 13th annual National Women’s Checkup Day. It’s a day when women are encouraged to schedule their annual well-woman visit.

           More about National Women's Checkup Day

May 11 - 17, 2015: The week of May 11 – 17, 2015 has been designated “National Police Week”, a time to honor officers who have fallen in the line-of-duty and in recognition of the sacrifice of those loved and left behind.

May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day  

ACR 30, as introduced by Assembly Members Jacqui Irwin and Adrin Nazarian recognizes May 16, 2015 as Armed Forces Day.

This measure would honor and recognize the service and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces and their families on the occasion of Armed Forces Day

            Read Assembly Concurrent Resolution 30

May 20, 2015: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Commission Business Meeting

May 20, 2015: 5:30 p.m. Contra Costa Commission for Women – Women in Power Panel Discussion

         For more information and registration

May 25, 2015: Memorial Day Holiday, State offices closed


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