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. 



JULY 2015

July 1:
Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution Anniversary

The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying citizens of the United States who are at least eighteen years old the right to vote. The drive to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 grew across the country during the 1960s, driven in large part by the broader student activism movement protesting the Vietnam War. The impetus for drafting an amendment to lower the voting age arose following the Supreme Court's decision in Oregon v. Mitchell, 400 U.S. 112 (1970), which held that Congress may set requirements for voting in federal elections, but not for state or local elections.

On March 23, 1971 a proposal to extend the right to vote to citizens eighteen years of age and older was adopted by both houses of Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The amendment became part of the Constitution on July 1, 1971, three months and eight days after the amendment was submitted to the states for ratification, making this amendment the quickest to be ratified.

July 2:  Civil Rights Act of 1964 Anniversary: Title VII prohibits sex discrimination in employment 

This summer, we are celebrating the 51sth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The most important civil rights measure of the 20th century, the Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, gender, or creed. It applied to public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership, and voter registration. The act included Title XI, which allows for the withholding of federal funds in areas where discrimination persists.
July 2, 1979:  The Susan B. Anthony dollar is released

July 4:  Fourth of July 
The Fourth of July is when we celebrate the origins of our freedom, our rights and our responsibilities and pay tribute to the document that led Americans to a way of life envied throughout the world, thus the name Independence Day.
July 5: National Labor Relations Act Anniversary
July 5 is the 80th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) originally signed in 1935. The turbulent times of labor unrest during the 1930s, along with the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), prompted Congress to enact the NLRA. At the time, many thought of it as labor's "Magna Carta," reminiscent of the English document that laid out basic human rights throughout 400 years of history.
July 13, 2015: 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games State Capitol
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the West Side of the Capitol

Summer World Games Final Leg Kickoff Ceremony. Speakers to be invited are CHP Commissioner Farrow, CDCR Secretary Beard, and Lt Governor Gavin Newsome.  Approximately 100 Law Enforcement Officers as well as 10 Athletes will be in attendance for this Opening Ceremony. The ceremony will last 45-60 minutes.

July 19 and 20: Anniversary of the First Women’s Right Convention

On July 19-20, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in American History.  Over 300 women and men came to Seneca Falls, New York to protest the mistreatment of women in social, economic, political, and religious life.  This marked the first public meeting calling for women’s right to vote. 

July 20, 1942: The first class of Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) begins at Fort Des Moines, IA

JULY 20: Special Olympics Day

The global Special Olympics movement received its start 47 years ago on July 20, 1968, when the First International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois. But the concept of the Special Olympics was born six years earlier, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for people with intellectual disabilities at her home on July 20, 1962. Hence, July 20 plays a special role in the Special Olympics movement and has been declared Special Olympics Day.

JULY 26: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary

This July 26 is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which granted the right of equal access to the millions of Americans with disabilities. In past sessions, the California Legislature has requested the President and Congress to support any federal legislation that would nullify the effect of any court decision that weakens the ADA and to take appropriate measures to encourage public and private entities to implement the ADA.

 JULY 31: Medicare Act 2014

Medicare was enacted in 1965 as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs. The Medicare system was originally administered by the Social Security Administration but in 1977 management was transferred to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), since renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
July is National Ice Cream Month   
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

California is the number-one producer of ice cream in the U.S.  The average American eats 25 pints of ice cream annually, and it takes approx. 12 pounds of whole milk to produce one gallon of ice cream, California produces over 133 million gallons of ice cream annually. 

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