Author: Commission News



SACRAMENTO, CA – April 28, 2022 – The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Best Annual Report – Government Agencies category, and a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Organization of the Year – Non-Profit or Government (Small) category in The 20th Annual American Business Awards® today.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit, and non-profit, large and small. 

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 13.

“We are thrilled that the Commission’s important work focused on the economic recovery of women in the wake of the initial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic were recognized this year,” said Executive Director Holly Martinez. “We know that women are essential to our economy and to helping our communities make a full and equitable recovery from the challenges we have faced. As the Commission continues to grow and accelerate its efforts it’s wonderful to receive such an honor and such great feedback from the judges.”

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Thought Leader of the Year, and App of the Year, among others.  The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls was nominated in two categories, the Organization of the Year – Non-Profit or Government – Small category and the Best Annual Report – Government Agencies category.

As the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls moved into 2022 focused on those who have been hard hit by the pandemic, the agency wrapped up the work of 2021 with its first-ever Annual Report. The intent of the report is to provide public acknowledgement of a drastic increase in activities and growth for the agency over the past year and a fundamental shift in public engagement. The report was issued to stakeholders and legislative partners and offers a historical record on the Commission’s work during these turbulent times and articulates the unique urgency of the moment for women and families in California struggling under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commission has expanded its work and partnerships significantly to truly meet this moment of need and to work collaboratively to rebuild a more equitable California in which all people have an equal voice and the essential work of women is recognized and supported.

The Commission deeply appreciates the nomination which predominately focused on its developing and implementing Women’s Recovery Response $5 million Grant Program. This program represents the first time the state of California has dedicated resources, under the oversight of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, to the specific needs of women impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state entity tasked with assessing gender equity in multiple issue areas including health, safety, employment, education, and others, the Commission is uniquely positioned to help ensure that women’s needs are centered in the statewide COVID-19 recovery efforts. The Commission believes that #WomenAreEssential to the state’s recovery, and is honored to have these efforts recognized nationally.

More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2022 Stevie winners are available at    

About The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls works in a culturally inclusive manner to promote equality and justice for all women and girls by advocating on their behalf with the Governor, the Legislature and other public policymakers, and by educating the public in the areas of economic equity including educational equity, access to health care including reproductive choice, violence against women and other key issue areas identified by the Commission as significantly affecting women and girls.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevie’s recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of The 2022 American Business Awards include HCL America, John Hancock Financial Services, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro.



Press Contact:

Darcy Totten, CCSWG Director of Communications

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