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Commission Priorities

As a government agency, the state commission spearheads partnerships and initiatives that advance and protect equity, access, and justice for California’s women and girls. In the last two years, these activities have included convening on the Commission’s California Pay Equity Task Force; expanding our work with the California Department of Education and UC Davis to advance women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and professional fields; and joining with the California Commission on Aging and California Women’s Law Center to bring attention to the needs of aging women living in poverty. In addition, As a part of the Commission’s ongoing role examining laws, practices, and conditions impacting women and girls in California, we now prioritize compliance with and implementation of new laws. In this section of the website you will find resources for support services, advocacy partners and research information

Gender in the workplace and employment

Gender Equity in the Workplace 

Gender equity in the workforce has remained a priority of Commission activity since it began its work in 1965. In July 2016, the Commission convened the California Pay Equity Task Force to provide a forum for diverse interests to engage in a dialogue that will  encourage compliance with the California Fair Pay Act (SB 358 Jackson), and facilitate an informed understanding of the importance of gender equity in the workplace. 

Equal Pay

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research

Paid Family Leave

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research

Child Care

Support Services and Advocacy 

Resources and Research

Educational needs of women and girls

Education Equity 

Women have made tremendous gains in education equality over the last several decades. In California, women hold 52% of all college degrees, including associate’s degrees, and 51% of all degrees at the baccalaureate level and higher. While more women than men 25 years and older hold a bachelor’s degree, the presence of women varies by the field of study. Women across all age groups hold the majority of degrees in education and in the arts/humanities/other categories but continue to under perform in business and STEM. The Commission believes in equal opportunity and education for all Californians regardless of gender, race, sexual identity and orientation, and religion.

California Public Education Resources


Higher Education

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research


Science, Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM)

Support Services and Advocacy

For more resources, visit our STEM page.


School Disciplinary Policies and Youth Justice

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research  

Title IX

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research

 

Health and safety of women and girls

Health and Safety

The needs of women and girls in California are as diverse as we are. Women and girls are the populations most at risk of domestic violence, sexually exploitation as minors, and of teen dating violence. In California, a reported 2 million females have been sexually assaulted, while an additional 8.6 million have experienced another form of violence. California women are more likely than men to seek mental health care for serious psychological distress. Elder care in California needs to improve to meet the demands of our aging women who have longer life expectancies than their counterparts across the country. The goal of the Commission is to improve access for women and girls to all the health services that they need.


Aging


Support Services and Advocacy


Children


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Disability


Support Services and Advocacy



Domestic Violence

Support Services and Agencies

Health and Wellness

Support Services and Agencies

Resources and Research 

Mental Health


Support Services and Advocacy


  • Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission MHSOAC.ca.gov

Reproductive Health

Support Services and Agencies

 

Sexual Assault

Support Services and Agencies


Other related state agencies


 

Women in the military, women veterans, and military families

Women Veterans 


The Commission has partnered with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to bring visibility to the number of women veterans in California and their role in protecting our nations security. While California has one of the largest populations of women veterans in the country, women veterans often do not develop relationships with their local veteran services. Thus, women veterans continue to go without with benefits they are entitled to adding to their higher rates of poverty. In 2014, the Commission partnered with CalVet to create the California Women Veterans Outreach Toolkit to help local veterans affairs offices reach out to women veterans.

 

Support Services and Agencies 

Research and Resources

 

Gender equity in the media

Women in the Media

Representation of women in the media has become more diverse, granting a range of women from various backgrounds to explore new roles and professionals than before. While gains have been made there are still negative impacts of gender stereotyping impacting women ad girls today and women continue to be underrepresented both onscreen and offscreen. Women have fewer speaking parts, fewer lead roles, and are seldom portrayed as professionals compared to men. Women of color are often portrayed as stereotyped as hyper-sexual and aggressive. Media promotions of traditional eurocentric beauty standards results in distorted images of women's bodies that cause self esteem and body issues for young women and girls. The lack of representation of women in roles traditionally assumed for women limits girls imagination of what they can achieve. Commissioner Geena Davis started the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to advocate for gender equity in the media. 

Resources and Research

State laws in regard to the civil and political rights of women

Civil and Political Rights of Women and Girls 


While California laws have some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation, there are still issues regarding race, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status that still need to be addressed. Better data collection by gender, disability, ethnicity, etc., would result in improved services in health care, education, and employment to specific groups, including Native American, LGBTQ, and immigrants. While other nations and many local government organizations have adopted the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the US and California have not yet done so. Those laws addressing equality have made great differences for women and their families, but current implementation of equality laws is not always consistent.


Community Development


Support Services and Advocacy



Child Support


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Civil Rights

Support Services and Advocacy

Incarceration

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research

Judicial


Support Services and Advocacy


Local Government - County and City


Support Services and Advocacy



LGBT

Support Services and Advocacy

  • Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project http://www.tgijp.org/

  • Transgender Law Center https://transgenderlawcenter.org

  • Western Regional Advocacy Project http://wraphome.org/

Representation in Government

Support Services and Advocacy

Resources and Research

Social attitudes and economic considerations

Women's Economic Security 

Women in California are more likely than men to live in poverty and to live in extreme poverty. Single mothers are most likely to live in poverty. At least one in four Latinas and African-American women who reside in California live in poverty. While women have made educational gains they continue to earn less than men in every occupational cluster. Poverty is known to have detrimental impacts on child development and future educational and careers success. As more women become the primary breadwinners of their families these inequities must addressed to create healthier and happier communities in California.  

Support Services and Advocacy 

Women and Girls Empowerment

Elected Officials and Commissions

Legal Services

Local Services

Other