2019 STEAM Symposium

We hope you enjoyed the 2019 California STEAM Symposium as much as we did! We were once again honored to co-host this event and our Chair, Dr. Alisha Wilkins introduced keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin. The excitement and commitment to STEAM learning from the partners, presenters and incredible speakers made for an unforgettable experience! CASTEAM19 #HipHopEd

International Visitor Leadership Program: Uganda

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls met with a delegation of female writers from Uganda through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The Commission Chair and staff led an in-depth discussion regarding the Equal Pay Program and the global impacts of gender parity with regards to pay. This program regularly brings visitors from around the world to Sacramento and the Commission is poised to build a lasting partnership with the World Trade Center Northern California which manages the program locally.

A Golden State Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Commissioner Rebecca Bauer-Kahan attended “California Votes for Women: A Golden State Suffrage Centennial Celebration,” hosted by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom featuring a fireside chat with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

YIMBY CA Leadership Briefing

Commission Chair Alisha Wilkins and 1st Vice-Chair Katie Buckland from the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls joined California Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY CA) for a special Leadership Briefing, “New Research about Women of Color and California’s Housing Crisis” at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in Los Angeles. 

LACW & CCSWG Joint Meeting

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women joined together for a collaborative meeting on November 15, 2019. Each Commission presented work from the previous year and heard reports from several local commissions. The meeting was joined by representatives from Mayor Garcetti’s office and LA City Council Representatives David E. Ryu and Monica Rodriguez.

Black Women's Equal Pay Day

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom moderates a discussion with Assemblymember Shirley Webber and former Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth at the Black Women’s Equal Pay Day event at CSUS.

Every year, women in California lose 78.6 billion dollars to the pay gap. In 2016, California passed the strongest equal pay laws in the country – but passing a law is only the first step.

That’s why the Office of the First PartnerThe CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and TIME’S UP have joined forces to spread the word to both employers and employees about how to close the pay gap.

Now it’s your turn – join us and take the Pay Equity Pledge, check out the #EqualPayCA resources developed by the Commission’s Pay Equity Task Force, and download the social media toolkit.

Take the California Pay Equity Pledge!

Join the Commission and the Office of the First Partner in taking the Pay Equity Pledge.

When you sign the pledge, your company commits to conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis; review hiring and promotion processes to reduce bias and barriers; and identify and promote other best practices that will close the pay gap. The following companies have signed our equal pay pledge:

AirBnB | Apple |  AT&T | Autodesk | Box | Branch Metrics | Children’s Home of Stockton | Cisco |  Drift | The Grateful Dog, Inc | First Capitol | Gap Inc. | Gusto | Ike Robotics | Intel | Lending Club | Maxim Integrated | Medallia Inc. | Metromile | Ripple Foods | Salesforce | Shutterfly | Simplecast | Social Glass | Square | SunRun Inc. | Sunshine Sachs | Uber | Zynga

About the Commission

For more than 50 years, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. Established as a state agency with 17 appointed commissioners in 1965, the Commission regularly assesses gender equity in health, safety, employment, education, and equal representation in the military, and the media. The Commission provides leadership through research, policy and program development, education, outreach and collaboration, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.

Go to Meeting Notices for the annual Commission meeting schedule, meeting notices, and materials.

Visit the California Pay Equity Task Force page for materials.

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California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
Executive Committee Meeting
February 28, 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
900 N. Street, Suite 390, Sacramento, CA


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Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Certification Date
July 1, 2019


The undersigned certify that, as of June 28, 2019, the internet website of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is designed, developed and maintained to be in compliance with California Government Code Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or a subsequent version, July 1, 2019, published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium at a minimum Level AA success criteria.

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June 28, 2019                                                        June 28, 2019
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