Join us at the 2020 STEAM Symposium!

Give yourself the gift of community, inspiration, and revitalization by joining us for the California STEAM Symposium on December 11-13th! The extraordinary keynote speaker lineup, schedule, and full agenda with all our breakout sessions are all posted at There are also amazing early registration prizes you will be eligible to win if you register by Friday, December 4!

Use the code JOINME20 to save $20 on your registration!

Welcome Commissioner Lisa Greer!

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) is excited to announce the appointment of author and entrepreneur Lisa Zola Greer, to the Commission by Speaker Anthony Rendon. Lisa Zola Greer is a philanthropist, advisor, entrepreneur, and author of “Philanthropy Revolution,” published by HarperCollins in 2020. She is also the author of popular blog “Philanthropy 451” and a regular presence on Twitter and LinkedIn as a multitalented expert and thought leader.  To learn more about our newest Commissioner, click the button below.

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. 

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.

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.”

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.”

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&TAutodeskBox
Branch MetricsChildren’s Home of StocktonCiscoDrifteBay
The Grateful Dog, Inc First CapitolFisher & Phillips LLPGap Inc.Gusto
Ike RoboticsIntelLending
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.

 View all Commission Posts.

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

December 7, 2020   11am-1pm

February 8, 2021   11am-1pm

May 10, 2021   11am -1pm

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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.

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