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. 


MARCH 2015

March is Women's History Month

National Women's History Month

National Women's History Month is celebrated annually in March. Every year, the National Women's History Project (NWHP), the sponsor of National Women's History Month, picks a theme that highlights the contributions of women to our history.  This year's theme - "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" - presents the opportunity to weave women's stories into the essential fabric of our nation's history. 

Read more about the National Women's History Project

Women's History Month at the State Capitol

In recognition of Women's History Month, Legislative Resolutions (SR 13 and HR 8) were introduced by Senator (Commissioner) Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Commissioner Cristina Garcia.

For more information on Senate Resolution 13
Read House Resolution 8

March 8: International Women's Day

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. 

Read more about International Women's Day

March 9: Los Angeles County Commission for Women 30th Annual "Women of the Year" Awards, Scholarship and 40-Year Anniversay Luncheon

The Los Angeles County Commission for Women would like to invite you to join them in honoring women for their unequivocal contributions to promoting equality for women.  They will recognize these dedicated women at their 30th Annual “Women of the Year” Awards, Scholarship and 40-Year Anniversary Luncheon, which will take place on March 9, 2015 at the Grand Hall of the Music Center.

For more information

March 14th: 2nd Annual San Luis Obispo County Women's Wall of Fame  

The Women's Wall of Fame award is an expansion of the annual San Luis Obispo County Commission on the Status of Women - "Women of the Year Award". All nominees for the award will be recognized at a luncheon to be held March 14, 2015 from Noon - 3:00 pm at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.  

For more information  

March 14th: State Indian Museum Presents the Story of Lesa Phillip Roberts: A Choctaw Woman 

The State Indian Museum (2618 K Street, Sacramento) and the Department of Parks and Recreation present the story of Lesa Phillip Roberts whose life encompassed the 1906 dissolution of the Choctaw Nation, 2nd great removal of the Mississippi Choctaws to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, and Indian dispersal to California in the 1920’s.

For more information

March 16 - 21: Women's Military History Week
Join the CA Department of Veterans Affairs Wednesday, March 18th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, for an evening reception (open to the public) in Sacramento at the Leland Stanford Mansion. 

For more information
CalVet Press Release
To register for the reception

March 19: Mount Saint Mary's University 2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California
Join Mount Saint Mary's University and Commission Chair Geena Davis at the annual gathering and public release of the 2015 Report in Los Angeles at the Skirball Cultural Center beginning at 9:00 am. The event is open to the public, but RSVP is required. 

For more information

The 2015 report will be posted following its release. 

View last year's report
March 20:  San Mateo County's 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame

San Mateo's Commission on the Status of Women and the County Board of Supervisors invite you to celebrate the 2015 Women's Hall of Fame Honorees.  RSVP by March 16th.

For more information

March 21st:  Single Parent Day
The first "National Single Parent Day" was celebrated by Presidential Proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR 21) proclaims March 21, 2015 as Single Parent Day to recognize the value and contributions provided by single parents.  

Read Senate Concurrent Resolution 21  

March is National Nutrition Month

March 25th:  Food Literacy Center's Sacramento Food Film Festival Reception and Film Screening of Terra Firma

Celebrate the contributions of the many women in the Food Movement and learn about female veterans in farming.  The event is free but requires RSVP. Space is limited. 

For more information

March 31st is Cesar Chavez Holiday - State offices are closed. 


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