Black Women's Equal Pay Day

The Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls hosted a panel discussion on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on August 13, 2020.

The panel was moderated by California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and featured CCSWG Commissioner Senator Holly J. Mitchell, PolicyLink Founder and President Angela Glover-Blackwell, and TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. 

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.

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.

CCSWG Supports Proposition 16!

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls voted unanimously to formally support Proposition 16 which is a crucial start to restoring equal access to opportunity in CA. Thank you to our Commissioners Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber &  Senator Holly J. Mitchell who are leading the charge on this effort.

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.

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. 

CCSWG Welcomes LaKenya Jordan as Executive Director

LaKenya Jordan was officially sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis on May 28, 2020.

“I am passionate about the uplift and empowerment of women and girls,” said Jordan.” This Commission was established to protect and advance women’s rights and to keep a pulse on the issues impacting women’s overall well-being.  I am confident that working collectively with each of our dynamic Commissioners, as well as with the First Partner, the Lieutenant Governor, our statewide, local, and national partners, we are strategically positioned to lead and implement forward thinking, culturally sensitive and inclusive change that can last for generations to come.”

– LaKenya Jordan, CCSWG Executive Director 

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&TAutodeskBox
Branch MetricsChildren’s Home of StocktonCiscoDrifteBay
The Grateful Dog, Inc First CapitolGap Inc.GustoIke Robotics
Intel Lending ClubMaxim IntegratedMedallia Inc. Metromile
Ripple Foods SalesforceShutterflySimplecastSocial Glass
SquareSunRun Inc.Sunshine SachsUberZynga

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.

2020 -2021 Commission Meetings

August 3, 2020  11am -1pm

November 2, 2020   11am-1pm

February 8, 2021   11am-1pm

May 10, 2021   11am -1pm

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