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. 


APRIL 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In an effort to create greater public awareness of the need to report all sexual assaults, April is recognized as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." This April, the theme will focus on campus sexual violence prevention, "It's Time to Act, Safer Campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence."

Last year, a measure passed the California Legislature and was signed into law that requires all schools that receive state funding to adopt "affirmative consent" in their sexual assault standards.  This "yes means yes" standard requires clear and ongoing consent, rather than just an absence of resistance. Also signed into law was Assembly Bill 2016 requiring the State Board of Education to consider including age-appropriate content in K-12 classes on sexual assault and prevention.

For more information on preventing sexual violence on campus campaign

April 5 - 11: Women and GIrls in STEM Week
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 17 (ACR 17) introduced by Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang would designate April 5 to April 11, 2015 as Women and Girls in STEM Week and encourage all citizen and community organizations to support the observance of California Women and Girls in STEM Week by celebrating women in the STEM fields. 

For more information

April 9, 2015: Honoring "Women and GIrls in STEM Week, ACR 17 (Chang)

11:00 a.m. Press Conference - South Steps Outside Capitol
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. "Hour of Girls Coding", Capitol Room 115

Press Conference Speakers:
Assemblywomen Ling Ling Chang, Susan Bonilla, Kristin Olsen, Catherine Baker and Young Kim.
Assemblyman Luis Alejo
Tori Locke, General Manager, State and Local Government West Region, Microsoft
Karen Yelverton-Zamarripa, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations, California State University
Caitlin Adair, Google
Maria MacGunigal, CIO City of Sacramento
Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Executive Director, CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Post Press Conference Event:  Capitol Room 115, "Hour of Girls Code"

April 12 - 18: California Library Week

The California State Library is the home of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls office. Please join us in commending California's public libraries, librarians, and all library workers for enriching the lives of California residents. 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 31 (CSR 31) introduced by Senator Lois Wolk commends our libraries and recognizes the more than 21 million people who use California's public libraries each year. 

View Senate Concurrent Resolution 31
For more information

April 14: National Equal Pay Day

Each year, the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) organizes the nationwide observance of National Equal Pay Day to address the income gap between men and women. This year, National Equal Pay Day falls on Tuesday, April 14.

The National Committee on Pay Equity is asking everyone to wear red on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and people of color are "in the red" with their pay. 

For more information on Pay Equity visit the following websites:
    National Committee on Pay Equity
    US Department of Labor Equal Pay 
    National Women's Law Center - Equal Pay and the Wage Gap
    Institute for Women's Policy Research - Pay Equity and Discrimination
    American Association of University Women - Fight for Fair Pay

April 19, 1977: Fifteen women in the House of Representatives formed the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues.  Today, California's Congressional delegation includes 21 women.

April 28, 1993: The first "Take our Daughters to Work" Day, sponsored by the Ms. Foundation.  In 2003, it became "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" Day.  

April 28, 2015:  On behalf of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, we are honored to invite you to join Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus Chair, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Vice Chair Cristina Garcia and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault( CALCASA) for a special viewing of THE HUNTING GROUND. As you know, California passed landmark legislation last year sponsored by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to require colleges and universities that receive state funding to adopt an "affirmative consent" standard.

This special showing will take place on April 28, 2015 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street in downtown Sacramento. The doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the film begins at 6:00 P.M.

This free event is open to the public, but reservations are necessary. RSVP

View Women in California Leadership's Event Invitation

April 29, 2015: Denim Day at the Capitol, hosted by CALCASA. Program is from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. on the West Steps of the Capitol.



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