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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. 


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Paid Family Leave

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Child Care

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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 a man 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 underperform 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.

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Science, Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM)

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School Disciplinary Policies and Youth Justice

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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.

The following Sexual Assault Service 24 hour hotlines can provide support and referrals. Call whenever you feel you need do talk and significant others and relatives are encouraged to call to learn how to support a survivor:

  • National Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline 800-656-HOPE
  • National Sexual assault Online Hotline https://ohl/raainn.org/online/
  • WEAVE 24-hour Support & Information Line 916-920-2952 | 866-920-2952 (Toll Free) | 916-433-3715 (TDD)
  • Empower Yolo 24/7 Crisis Line 530-662-1133 or 916-371-1907
  • My Sister’s House 24-hour Multi-Lingual Helpline 916-428-3271
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center (Woodland) 24/7 Hotline 530-662-1133 or 916-317-1907
  • The Center for Violence-free Relationships http://thecenternow.org/


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Health and Wellness

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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 nation’s 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 veteran’s affairs offices reach out to women veterans.

 

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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.

 

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Local Government - County and City

 

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LGBT

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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.  

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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 and girls today and women continue to be underrepresented both onscreen and off-screen. 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. Former commissioner Geena Davis started the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to advocate for gender equity in the media. 

 

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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.  

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