Your Vote is Your Voice!

 The “Your Vote is Your Voice” PSA campaign showcases women across California who remind us that our power is in our collective contributions at the ballot box. Thank you to Commissioner Senator Connie M. Leyva for encouraging us to use our voices and VOTE on November 3rd!

If you would like to submit a video for the PSA series, please contact Communications Director Darcy Totten at .

Latina Equal Pay Day Panel Discussion

The Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) invite you to join us for a panel discussion on Latina Equal Pay Day. This is an online event from 3 pm to 4 pm on October 29, 2020.

The panel will be moderated by California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and will feature Hilda Solis (Los Angeles County Supervisor), Moníca Ramírez (Founder & President, Justice for Migrant Women and Co-founder, She Se Puede), and Jessica Rodriguez (President of Entertainment & Chief Marketing Officer, Univision).

WRAP #EqualPayCA Training

The California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower, together with the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, have partnered to host a series of #EqualPayCA trainings on the Equal Pay Act as part of the Workplace Rights Ambassador Project (WRAP) to provide women and girls with the tools to fight pay discrimination and file claims under California’s Equal Pay Act. The trainings will be held in conjunction with Equal Pay Days, which recognize how much longer women, and particularly women of color, must work than men to earn the same amount of money. 

California Leads the Way!

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls congratulates Governor Newsom for the incredible leadership and Commissioner, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber on today’s signing of landmark legislation allowing California to lead the nation in civil rights. AB 3121 (Weber) establishes a first-in-the-nation task force to study and make recommendations on reparations for slavery and AB 3070 (Weber) aims to eliminate discrimination in jury selection. Each bill was authored by Commissioner Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber whose tireless leadership in the work for equity and opportunity through the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and for the State of California move our society forward. We are so proud to witness this moment with you!

“California has come to terms with many of its issues, but it has yet to come to terms with its role in slavery,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), “We’re talking about really addressing the issues of justice and fairness in this country that we have to address.” The Governor’s signature on AB 3121 and AB 3070 once again demonstrates that our state is dedicated to leading the nation on confronting and addressing systemic injustice.”

Proposition 16 is on the November Ballot

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls voted unanimously to support ACA 5, which creates equal opportunities for all Californians. Upon passage through the legislature ACA 5 became Proposition 16, which heads to the voters on the November 2020 ballot.

Thank you to our Commissioners Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber &  Senator Holly J. Mitchell who are leading the charge on this effort.

Bill to Close Race and Gender Pay Gap Signed Into Law

As women and people of color are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and its economic challenges, Senate Bill 973 authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to address the race and gender-based pay gap was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. Senate Bill 973 requires that California employers with 100 or more employees submit a pay data report annually to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, outlining compensation and hours worked of its employees by gender, race, ethnicity and job category.

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls congratulates Commissioner Senator Jackson and thanks her for her consistent leadership in moving California forward toward equal pay and workplace equity. Senator Jackson is a national leader in the fight for pay equity. She is the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, which was the strongest equal pay law for women in the country when it passed the Legislature in 2015. 

“Despite all the progress our state has made on equal pay, the pay gap remains a serious problem that costs an estimated $79 billion in lost wages a year in California. The pay gap is especially concerning for women of color with African American women earning 61 cents and Latinas just 42 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men,” said Senator Jackson. “With the Governor’s approval of SB 973, California is taking another important step toward true pay equity.”

100 Years of Votes for Women

The fight for women’s suffrage, both in California and the United States, was a long and challenging endeavor spanning nearly a century. California women were powerful voices in the fight for national women’s suffrage. To learn more about the history of women’s suffrage in California, click the button below to see the powerful California State Archives digital exhibit.

Closing the Pay Gap

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 State of Black Women in Corporate America

To shine a light on the barriers holding Black women back at work, LeanIn.Org has released a new report, The State of Black Women in Corporate America. It outlines specific steps companies should take to make sure Black women are treated fairly and given equal opportunities to learn, grow and lead. If employers want to do better by women, they must do better by Black women. 

Join CCSWG in amplifying this important research by Lean In, as we raise awareness of the pay gap and many systemic barriers that Black women face in the workplace.

COVID-19 Response

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has compiled resources and guidance regarding the COVID-19 crisis and response. Multiple Commissioners offer regular tele-updates and town halls and have compiled additional resource libraries. Please click the button to be taken to the CCSWG resource page and check back regularly for additional resources and updates. 

2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

CCSWG Commissioner Senator Holly J. Mitchell led an inspiring conversation with author and critic Roxane Gay at the Mount Saint Mary’s 2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ event. Roxane Gay is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. The event focused on historical perspectives, the promise of intersectional feminism, and their views for a path toward equity.

Meet Our Executive Director!

LaKenya M. Jordan was appointed Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in May of 2020. She strives to create and implement sustainable policy by leveraging appropriate and strategic public-private partnerships, excellent stewardship of resources, cultural competency, along with collaborative and forward-thinking leadership, in order to create exponential impacts in improving the lives of women and girls. Click the button below to learn more!

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. Click the buttons below to download the Equal Pay Fact Sheet. 

Companies That Have Taken The Equal Pay Pledge

The following companies have signed our equal pay pledge. 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.
Airbnb AppleAT&TAutodesk
BoxBranch MetricsBorzaChildren’s Home of StocktonCisco
DrifteBayThe Grateful Dog, Inc First CapitolFisher & Phillips LLP
Gap Inc.GustoIke RoboticsIntel Lending Club
Maxim IntegratedMedallia Inc. Metromile Ripple Foods Salesforce
ShutterflySimplecastSMUDSocial GlassSquare
SunRun Inc.Sunshine SachsTuSimpleUberZynga

Click here to check out the #EqualPayCA resources developed by the Commission’s Pay Equity Task Force, and download the social media toolkit. Or, if you are ready… 

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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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.

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