May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Left image credit: [Detail of] Kenje Ogata in uniform, Sterling, Illinois. 1943. (Library of Congress)
Right image credit: [Detail of] Jaden Kim in flight gear, beside a plane.

Claim Your Seat

563 🏢. That’s how many board seats need to be filled with women at CA public companies THIS YEAR

Are you a woman looking to join a corporate board? Check out the California Partner Project’s resource hub to find a match and #ClaimYourSeat

Mom's Equal Pay Day

According to a National Women’s Law Center’s (NWLC) analysis of U.S. Census data, Mothers in the U.S. who work full time are paid an average of 69 cents for every $1 a father makes, or $18,000 less annually. Referred to as the “motherhood penalty,” this wage gap is wider than the one between men and women in general in the U.S. The financial loss mothers experience is greater in some states and for women of color who are mothers.

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Adobe, Mattel, Twitter Among New Companies to Sign California Equal Pay Pledge on Equal Pay Day

California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) announced on Equal Pay Day that Adobe, Mattel, and Twitter were among the eight new companies to sign the California Equal Pay Pledge, bringing the total number of companies who have signed to 65. The announcement comes as women bear the brunt of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, which could also widen the pay gap.

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.

Welcome Commissioner Calderon!

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is happy to announce the appointment of Assemblymember Lisa Calderon (AD 57), to the Commission by Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Lisa Calderon has been a successful businesswoman for over 20 years. She worked for Edison International as a Government and Policy Advisor and for the last 7 years has concentrated on helping to increase Latino representation in elected offices throughout California and the rest of the country. She worked closely with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Latino Leaders Network to find, recruit, and fund campaigns for new leaders as they emerge, and support them once they’re in office.

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. 

Commission Policy Pillars 

The COVID-19 pandemic brings into sharp focus how the impacts of crises disproportionately affect women and particularly women of color. Working with advocates, the state Legislature , state agencies and businesses, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is championing a policy agenda that increases women’s and girls economic security, improves their the health and wellness and ensures their well-being  is seen through an equitable and intersectional lens.

The Commission pillar of Economic Security helps women return to the workforce with protections and flexibilities that lifts women and girls out of poverty and creates a robust care infrastructure. This includes:

  • High-quality, affordable child care 
  • Comprehensive paid family and medical leave and paid sick leave 
  • Pay equity 
  • Strong Safety Net 
  • Flexible workplace policies and fair scheduling requirement


The pandemic has further entrenched the health and safety inequalities faced by women, especially women of color. The Commission is working towards ensuring women and girls are able to live happier, longer, and healthier lives by addressing the growing disparities in health equity and safety.

  • Accessibility, Availability, Affordability to Care and Preventative Care
  • Menstrual Equity
  • Reproductive Health and Justice 
  • Mental and Behavioral Health 
  • Access to contraception 
  • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 

Gender equality and racial equality are inseparable. To achieve one, we must achieve both. As we advance our mission of improving the lives of women and girls, we adopt and support intersectional, equitable measures that value all lives and experiences, especially women and girls of color. The Commission strives to eliminate disparities for vulnerable women and girls, regardless of their age, race, color, creed, abilities, socio-economic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity at birth.

  • Gender and racial wealth gap
  • Gender and racial parity in leadership roles
  • Strengthen and enforce protections against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, which are especially important to ensure women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are treated equally and fairly in the workplace

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.

Donate Now

The Commission thrives on the support of our community. Click here to make contribution to the Women and Girls Fund and then join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and receive notices of Commission meetings.

2020 -2021 Commission Meetings

April 12, 2021                 11am -1pm

June 14, 2021                 11am – 1pm

September 13, 2021       11am – 1pm

December 6, 2021          11am – 1pm

NOTICE OF MEETINGCalifornia Commission on the Status of Women and GirlsFull Commission Business MeetingMonday, April 12, 202111:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please note: Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be...

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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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Website Accessibility Certification

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.

Kendra Harris                                                         Gary Renslo
June 28, 2019                                                        June 28, 2019
Executive Director                                                Chief Information Officer