New and Notable

Title IX, the landmark gender equity law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, banned sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. It is well known for its impact on expanding opportunities for women and girls in sports. Before the passage of Title IX, one in 27 women and girls played college and high school sports in the United States. By 2016, one in every five girls in the United States played sports.

Yet girls and women continue to fight for equity and equality in the world of sports, where discrimination based on gender, race, and sexual orientation remains. Girls’ participation in sports also declines as they get older. By age 14, many girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys. Factors contributing to this include accessibility, cost, facilities, proper equipment, opportunity, and lack of role models.

Join the Commission as we join in conversation about the importance of moving the needle for women and girls in sports throughout their lifespan.

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.

*All references to ‘women and girls’ include gender-expansive individuals (cis women and girls, trans women and girls, nonbinary individuals, gender-nonconforming individuals, genderqueer individuals, and any women or girl identified individuals).

Commission Meetings 2023

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February 14, 2023                        April 11, 2023

June 13, 2023                              August 8, 2023

October 10, 2023                        December 12, 2023

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) has announced the recipients of a $5 million grant program to fund organizations serving women and girls. This dedicated investment of state funding into organizations serving women and girls locally across the state represents a unique investment in the economic health and well-being of nearly half of California’s citizens.

Meet our 2023/2024 grantees here and congratulations to all of the incredible organizations who were selected this year!

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