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Pay Equity Task Force Meeting - August 1st

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California Pay Equity Task Force


August 1, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, 400 Capitol Mall #3000 Sacramento California, 95814

One or more of the Task Force members will participate in this meeting at the teleconference sites listed below. Each teleconference location is accessible to the public, and the public will be given an opportunity to address the Task Force at each teleconference location. The public teleconference site(s) for this meeting are as follows:

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP – 777 South Figueroa Street, Suite 3200 Los Angeles, CA 90017

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP – 405 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105

Further teleconference sites may be added. Public comments will be taken on agenda items at the time the specific item is raised, unless it is a closed session item. Agenda items may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. Please check the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) website for updates, as the meeting may be rescheduled. For verification of the meeting, access the Commission’s website at Time limitations for discussion and comment will be determined by the Co-Chairs.

I. Welcome and Call to Order – Co-Chairs

II. Roll Call

III. Establish Quorum – Adopt Agenda

IV. Approve Minutes of April 4, 2017 Meeting

V. Unification of Materials

a. Update

b. Next Steps


VI. Subcommittee Break-Out Sessions (The following subcommittees could meet: Definitions, Enforcement and Process, Implementation and Law, Measuring the Pay Gap, Human Resources, Evaluating Systems and Functional Infrastructure, Evaluating Job Classifications, Evaluating Policy and Practice, Challenges and Barriers, Deliverables, Planning)

a. Update

b. Next Steps

VII. Website

VIII. Conference

IX. Partners

X. Communication plan

XI. Next Task Force Meeting

a. New date

XII. Questions/Comments

XIII. Public comment

XIV. Adjourn

*In addition to public comment regarding each agenda item, the Commission affords an opportunity to members of the public to address the Task Force on items of interest that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction but are not on the noticed agenda. The Commission is not permitted to take action on items that are not on the noticed agenda, but may refer items for future consideration.

Disability Access

Any person with a disability who wishes to receive this Notice and Agenda in an alternative format, or who wishes to request auxiliary aids or services to participate in the meeting of the Task Force, in accordance with State or Federal law, should contact Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez at 916-651-5405 not later than five (5) business days before the noticed meeting day. The Commission and its subcommittees comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by ensuring that the meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, and providing that this notice and information given to the members of the board is available to the public in appropriate alternative formats when requested.

Contact Information

Please contact or 916-651-5405 to submit written material regarding an agenda item or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, or non-English language translations and for requests for information prior to the meeting.

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Women's Commission News

November 10, 2015 Commission Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Business meeting Packet

Commission's 2015-2016 Budget

Message from Commission Chair Geena Davis, RE: the Commission's 2015/16 Budget:
On behalf of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, I commend Governor Jerry Brown and the leaders of the State Legislature, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, for their support of the Commission and its programs.  With its funding stabilized in the new State budget, the Commission can confidently continue its work to address the challenges and inequities faced by California’s women and girls.

The Commission issued the following statement regarding their 2015-2016 budget. 

Commission's 2015-2016 Budget

Commission Business Meeting, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Commission Business Meeting - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Meeting Time: 

    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Locations: 

    CA State Capitol 
    Room 447 
    Sacramento, CA  95814

Teleconference Location(s): 
    11800 Foothill Boulevard 
    Sylmar, CA  91342

Meeting Handouts:

    Meeting Agenda 
    Draft Minutes of January 12, 2015 Commission Meeting
    Executive Director Report
    Fundraising Outreach
    May 20th Invitation
    Fundraising Letter
    Donation Form
    A Stronger California
    Proposed Meeting Schedule
    Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget
    Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Scenarios
    Legislative Policy
    Sexual Assault/Family Violence Subcommittee Report
    STEM Subcommittee Report
    STEM - Million Women Mentors
    Million Women Mentors Agreement
    Gender in the Workplace and Employment Subcommittee Report

April 14, 2015 Equal Pay Day - It's Time for #EqualPayNow (US Department of Labor)

Women make up nearly half of our nation's workforce. Yet from factory floors to boardrooms, their talent and hard work are not reflected in their paycheck. Today, women on average are paid only 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. For women of color, that pay gap is even wider.

US Department of Labor's Equal Pay Website


Mount Saint Mary's University released its annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California®, highlighting economic, social and educational gaps to bring these issues to the forefront of public policy. 

Read the Full Report
Read the Report Overview

Nancy McFadden (left) Executive Secretary to Governor Edmung G. Brown, Jr. and Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson, President of Mount Saint Mary's University.
Photo credit: Glenn Marzano, Mount Saint Mary's University

Nancy McFadden, Executive Secretary to Governor Edmung G. Brown, Jr., addresses the crowd.
Photo credit: Jeff Lewis, Mount Saint Mary's University

Geena Davis, Commission Chair, addresses the crowd. 
Photo credit: Jeff Lewis, Mount Saint Mary's University

50 Years of Impact: Commission Releases STAT Card

Commission STAT Card

Wearing Red at the State Capitol

Wearing Red at the State Capitol, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (second from left) is joined by members of Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (from left) Assemblymember Nora Campos, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia.   

                                       [Photo Courtesy: Assembly Democratic Caucus]

California Senators Richard Pan (far left), Commissioner Hannah-Beth Jackson (center), Mark Leno (far right) and Cathleen Galgiani (far right) welcome volunteers from the American Heart Association and Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute. The volunteers were offering blood pressure and health screenings as pasrt of Wear Red for Women Day in  California.

Commissioner Hannah-Beth Jackson participating in the health screenings. 

Commission Business Meeting, Monday, January 12, 2015

Commission Business Meeting - Monday, January 12, 2015

Meeting Time: 

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Location:

State Capitol
Room 127
Sacramento, CA 95814

Teleconference Locations:

University of Southern California
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90089

CA Department of Industrial Relations
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
320 West 4th Street, Suite 450
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar, CA 91342

Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
Business Center
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Meeting Handouts:

Meeting Agenda
Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act
Bagley Keene Conflicts of Interest Presentation
Commissioner Subcommittee Assignments
Executive Director's Report
August 5, 2014 Meeting Minutes
Commission's Subcommittee on the State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assualt Victim Services Report
Commission Nominating Committee Report
Commission Budget Summary
Commission Budget Expenditure Summary
Delegation of Spending Authority
Fundraising Stategy Presentation

UC Davis Publishes 10th Annual Study of CA Women Business Leaders

For the 10th year, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management has published the annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers. The study is the only one of its kind to focus on gender diversity in the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate California.

UC Davis' Press Release - Women must continue to lean in harder for top leadership roles

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Press Release Urging California Companies To Give More Women a 'Seat at the Table'

UC Davis Study of California Business Leaders Executive Summary 2014-2015

UC Davis Study of California Business Leaders - A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives 2014-2015


The 2015 CCRWF Women's Policy Summit, Advancing Women's Health, Wealth and Power, will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The California Center for Research on Women and Families has presented this Summit for the past 3 years.  The Summit is co-sponsored by  the California Legislative Women's Caucus, the Black, Latino, API, and  LGBT Legislative Caucuses and the Commission, along with over 60 nonprofit organizations.

The Honorable Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the California Assembly, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. 

For more information or registration.

Women Veterans Outreach Kit Now Available

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has released a new Women Veterans Outreach Toolkit to give organizations and individuals the information they need to reach out, connect with and assist women who served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Use this toolkit to establish services and resources to understand more about the women veterans that live in your community.

Major Ophelia Alvarez-Willis, M.D., Commissioner, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls said “CalVet’s Toolkit is an extraordinary improvement in our state’s efforts to assist leaders and advocates committed to ensuring women Veterans obtain healthcare, employment, housing stability, and safety”.

The Commission is proud to partner in service with CalVet Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs, Lindsey Sin and CalVet.

CalVet Toolkit

POSTPONED -- Commission Business Meeting - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

POSTPONED -- Commission Business Meeting - Wednesday, November 19, 2014


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

California State Library 
900 N Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814

1000 North Central Avenue, Suite 240
Glendale, CA 91202

110 Pine Avenue, Suite 804
Long Beach, CA 90802

University of Southern California
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA 90089

1223 University Avenue, Suite 230
Riverside, CA 92507

1430 N Street, Suite 5613
Sacramento, CA 95814

1022 North Waterman Avenue, Suite K
San Bernardino, CA  92410

County of Marin, Civic Center Building
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 412
San Rafael, CA  94903

225 East Carrillo, Suite 309
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

3200 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA  90405


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Commission Nomination Committee Meeting - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commission Nomination Committee Meeting - Wednesday, November 19, 2014


1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

California State Library 
900 N Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814

110 Pine Avenue, Suite 804
Long Beach, CA 90802

225 East Carrillo, Suite 309
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

3200 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA  90405


Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Symposium

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Commissioner Lupita Cortez Alcala are joined by students and San Diego Public Library staff at the 2014 STEM Symposium in San Diego, CA.

MakeHERSpace in STEM

California's Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Research Bureau and State Library have partnered in support of the CA Department of Education and the 2014 STEM Symposium. The one-of-a-kind gathering showcases science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, resources, and strategies.

By 2018, it is estimated that there will be 1.2 million U.S. job openings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, with a shortage of qualified applicants to fill them.

By current estimates, women hold less than 25% of our country’s STEM jobs.

"To fill the gap, it seems quite obvious: We need more women in STEM!" (Geena Davis, Commission Chair) 

There are many new resources focused on encouraging, motivating and welcoming girls to STEM. The Commission has compiled a list (including recent news articles, videos, fact sheets and reports, toys, apps, online games, tutorials, camps, afterschool programs. mentoring and organizations) which is available here:  STEM 2014 Resources for Girls and Women                             

At the Commission's request, the Research Bureau has released Short Subject papers on  "MakeHERSpaces: STEM, Girls and the Maker Movement" and "California’s Gender Gap in STEM Education and Employment".   

California Women Veterans Survey Report Released

The California Research Bureau (CRB) has released California’s Women Veterans: Responses to the 2013 Survey. This report presents information from the 2013 California Women Veteran Survey. The results suggest there is an opportunity for increased outreach and education among women veteran communities. Most respondents were unaware of all the state’s veteran-related benefits and services to which they are entitled. Some of those who may be eligible for service-connected disability compensation had not filed claims. Many who had not used U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare reported they did not realize they were eligible.
Short Subjects drawing on the 2013 survey were published previously on the topics of military sexual trauma, housing instability, benefit use, and childcare.  These Short Subjects are also available for download on CRB's reports page:


On August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, which recognizes the date women in the United States were granted the right to vote only 94 years ago.  Today, there are more than 19 million women and girls who call California home.  They are our grandmothers, mothers, wives, partners, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, aunts, co-workers and friends. The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls takes this annual opportunity to reflect on progress towards equality between women and men, as well as the challenges we are taking on today.

When the Commission was created in 1965, there was only one woman legislator and no women in statewide elected or appointed leadership positions.  As we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2015, we are a state with many strong women role-models in almost every industry and profession, city and county.  We have a woman Speaker of the Assembly, Toni G. Atkins, many state government elected and appointed leaders and some of the most forward thinking laws in the United States.  Over the past 50 years there has been a sea change in attitudes and actions that cultivated gender bias, yet the struggle for gender equality continues in earnest and there are many women and girls who must not be left out or left behind.   Our motto,” No woman forgotten” is more relevant than ever before.  

We were excited to welcome new Commissioners appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to our leadership in June (a roster is attached or available online at This week, we also welcomed our new Executive Director, Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez who can be contacted by phone at 916-651-5405 or via email at  

As we look ahead, we also want to take time to recognize and say thank you to two of our own Commissioners whose terms will end this year, Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. Their leadership and commitment have enabled this Commission to move forward. 

This fall we will focus on our partnerships that make us stronger, including:

  • Continuing our work with the CA Department of Veterans Affairs, the CA State Library, and CA Research Bureau shining light on challenges women veterans and military families face.  This focus will be enhanced by the personal commitment and experience brought by Commissioner Ofelia Alvarez-Willis, an Army Major and physician.
  • Joining with the CA Department of Education and Commissioner Lupita Cortez Alcala to plan California’s 2014 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Symposium in September.  This year’s conference will again include a strand devoted to Women and Girls in STEM featuring programs and strategies to assist in recruitment and retention of girls in STEM programs and help to prepare them for success and perseverance in STEM college and career pursuits. We have engaged the assistance of the Research Bureau and the State Library to “MakeHERSpace in STEM” with the release of a new CA Women and Girls Short Subject paper  and to provide information about library grants available to create makerspaces.

We are beginning to plan our agenda for our 50th anniversary of the CA Commission in 2015.  We hope you will join us in identifying innovative ways we can leverage the resources that exist in government, the private and not for profit sectors to further improve the opportunities for women and girls across California.


The Contra Costa Commission for Women was highlighted in a column in the Contra Costa Times on Sunday, August 24, 2014. 

Contra Costa Times Column on Contra Costa County Women's Commission

Contra Costa County Women's Commission Website

Annual Report on the Status of California's 19 Million Women and Girls

Mount Saint Mary's College has released its annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California®, highlighting economic, social and educational gaps to bring these issues to the forefront of public policy. 

Read Mount Saint Mary's Report



CONTACT:           Chris Wagaman (916) 651-5405

 California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
names new Executive Director, Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

SACRAMENTO—California’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has named Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez as the Commission’s new Executive Director.   Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actor and Commission Chair, made the announcement stating:  “I'm thrilled that we have found someone with the remarkable skills and experience Nancy has. We are continually expanding the Commission's ability to aid the women and girls of California, and Nancy is just the person to help us realize our goals.”

"For more than 30 years, equality and leadership opportunities for women and girls has been a driving force in my professional and personal decisions,” Kirshner-Rodriguez said.  “I am honored to be working with these innovative talented Commissioners on behalf of California’s 19 million women and girls.”

Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez has devoted her career to expanding opportunities for women, supporting the needs of underserved communities, and improving partnerships between government and the private and nonprofit sectors.  Kirshner-Rodriguez serves as President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.   She also serves as the Treasurer of Emerge America and on the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council.   From 2008-2012, Kirshner-Rodriguez served in senior positions with the City and County of San Francisco. In her position as Director of Government Affairs for Mayors Gavin Newsom and Edwin Lee, she had direct responsibility for implementation of a comprehensive government relations program that advanced the mission and priorities of the City at the federal and state and local level.  Kirshner-Rodriguez also represented San Francisco on the Association of Bay Area Governments and co-chaired the San Francisco Collaborative against Human Trafficking.

During the Clinton Administration, Kirshner-Rodriguez served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC from 1997-2001 and before that held a similar position at the US Department of Labor.   She also served as a federal agency liaison to the White House Women’s office.  She was the lead contact for the agencies with a broad coalition of interested parties spanning the private, non-profit and public sector. She has managed federally funded programs, built and directed national and state coalitions, designed effective advocacy and communications strategies and served as chief spokesperson on a variety of initiatives. During her entire career she has worked in close partnership with organizations that advocate for state and local officials.

Kirshner-Rodriguez graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She received the Alumnae Medal of Honor in 2005 for her years of service to the college.

Commission Appointments Announced by Governor Brown

Governor Brown announced the appointment of 5 women and the reappointment of Geena Davis to the Commission yesterday, 6/10/2014. 

Governor Brown's Press Release


The Commission welcomed five new members at their meeting yesterday, June 30, 2014.

From left to right:  Marina Illich, First Vice Chair Lupita Cortez Alcala, Major Ofelia Alvarez-Willis, Chair Geena Davis, Karen Nelson, Alisha Wilkins, and Lauri Damrell.

Housing Instability and Homelessness: 2013 CA Women Veterans Survey Results

Commission announces results from the 2013 California Women Veterans Survey which asked respondents questions about experiences with homelessness and housing instability following their separation from the U.S. Armed Forces. Overall, 21 percent of respondents reported experiencing homelessness and 60 percent reported housing instability. Enlisted members and those who reported experiencing sexual harassment/assault, PTSD, or a service-connected disability were all more likely to report experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability.

View the 2013 Housing Instability and Homelessness Report

Military Sexual Trauma: 2013 CA Women Veterans Survey Results

Commission announces results from the 2013 California Women Veterans Survey which asked respondents questions about the prevalence and aftermath of sexual harassment and assault while serving in the military. The information was requested by the Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs and produced by the California Research Bureau of the California State Library. 

View the 2013 Military Sexual Trauma Report

2013 Women Veteran Survey

The 2013 Women Veterans Survey data gathering period ended on December 20th. Thank you to all veterans that participated in the survey. We look forward to releasing the survey results in the first quarter of 2014.   For on-going information about the survey and future results, please sign up for our newsletter.

The California Women Veterans Survey is a biennial survey that assesses the needs and challenges of women living in the State of California who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Begun in 2009, this survey is administered by the California Research Bureau (CRB) on behalf of and in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

The purpose of the survey is to document and track the status and experiences of California women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and to use those research findings to inform policy discussions. Additionally, the survey is designed to encourage women veterans to connect to services available through CalVet and other state and federal departments and local organizations.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Matthew Buttice, CRB Senior Policy Analyst, at (916) 653-6972 or

View CRB's full report on the results of the 2011 Women Veterans Survey.

CalVet Women Veterans Website.

Commission Business Meeting - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

California State Capitol
Room 447
Sacramento, CA 95814


Commission Executive Director Job Announcement

The Commission is currently recruiting for an Executive Director.  
The filing period for this position has ended.  Applications are now in the review process. 

Executive Director Job Announcement

Denim Day Pictures

Denim Day at the Capitol, April 23, 2014

Commissioner Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal speaking at Denim Day 2014

Commissioner Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson speaking at Denim Day 2014

Former Commissioner Senator Holly Mitchel speaking at Denim Day 2014

Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins speaking at Denim Day 2014

Commission's Commemorative Logo Contest Winner

The Commission is pleased to announce that Amber Jones from Catch High School in Los Angeles is the winner of our Commemorative Logo Contest.