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COVID 19 Response 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect California in ways we can anticipate and ways we can not even imagine. Women, we know, are at the heart of the response to this virus, and are making critical contributions from every field and family. During any crisis, the impact on women is enormous. UN Women estimates that up to 70% of workers in the health and social sectors are women and that women do nearly three times the unpaid care taking as men. It is vital that women be involved in the conversation regarding the challenges that lie ahead for our communities and our state. As California has rallied together to face the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID 19 global pandemic, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is committed to the effort to ensure that California’s women and families are represented and cared for throughout the crisis and our recovery. Below are some of the ways our Commissioners are responding to the crisis. Please check out our website for additional resources to assist you during this time.
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has gathered resources and links to additional support on our website at www.women.ca.gov.
On Thursday April 2, 2020 and hosted by the Israeli-American Civic Action Network, Senator Holly Mitchell spoke about the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on California and residents of Senate District 30 – covering Culver City, Ladera Heights, and Westmont and the Crenshaw, Downtown, and Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles
Senator Jackson held a tele-town hall every Wednesday during the crisis. To hear the recording of these events or read the notes below, please click each link.
County Public Health Updates (March 19, 2020)
Listen to a recording of our town halls with county public health officials for a COVID19 update (recording available until April 2)
Santa Barbara: (866) 207-1041, Access code: 8116079
Ventura: (866) 207-1041, Access code: 8665418
Worker Protections (March 25, 2020)
Learn about the differences between Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave, how to determine which program applies to you, and how to file a claim by listening to a recording of our town hall below.
Small Business Resources (April 1, 2020)
Support for Older Adults, Families and Caregivers (April 8, 2020)
On Thursday, April 9, Dr. Weber convened a discussion with Chula Vista Elementary School District, La Mesa Spring Valley School District, Lemon Grove SchoOol District, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Unified School District and Sweetwater Union High School District about the nature of the COVID-19 virus, and the important local and state steps underway to ensure student success and completion during these times. Together they answered county residents’ important distance learning education questions including graduations and resources for parents during these times. To hear the recording of this call please click HERE.
International Visitor Leadership Program 2019/2020
The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls met with a delegation of female writers from Uganda through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The Commission Chair and staff led an in-depth discussion regarding the Equal Pay Program and the global impacts of gender parity with regards to pay.
SenatorHannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, and Erica Courtney met with the International Visitor Leadership Program through the U.S. Department of State delegation from Colombia, to discuss Women, Peace and Security. We thank the Meridian International Center International Visitor Leadership Program and NorCal World Trade Center for their partnership in making this happen.
Pictured below: CCSWG: Meryl Press, CCSWG Equal Pay Specialist, Commissioners Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, and Erica Courtney and Darcy Totten, CCSWG Director of Communications.Delegation: Ms. Maria Ximena FIGUEROA OLAYA, Representative of the Female Indigenous Sector, Women’s Alliance for Peace and the Communal Council, Department of Tolima, Ms. Luz Angelica MARINO RODRIGUEZ Advisor, Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office of Colombia, Ms. Sasha TORRADO PUERTA Regional Advisor to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President of Colombia, Ms. Nataly TORRES PINZON Co Founder/COO, Delcampoati (‘From Land to You’), Ms. Manuela del Rocio URREGO RODRIGUEZ Deputy Director for Coordination and Institutional Strengthening, Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART), Ms. Tatiana Valeria WATSON MURCIA, Consultant to the Deputy Minister of Land Use Planning, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia.
The Pink Tax 2020
Commissioner Hannah-Beth Jackson was joined by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, along with representatives from the business and advocacy communities and the Women’s Foundation of California to call for an end to the “pink tax” in which many women’s products cost more than the same products marketed to men. Senate Bill 873 would make it illegal to charge customers different prices on the basis of gender for substantially similar goods.
Pictured below (left): Commissioner Jackson, U.S. Representative Jackie Spier, Commissioner Leyva, Sen. Weiner, Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California and advocates announce SB 873. (right) Commissioner Jackson, U.S. Representative Jackie Spier,
Witness the Power of She 2020
Commission staff and Commissioners were honored to attend “Witness the Power of She: A 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration,” hosted by Leadership California and the Legislative Women’s Caucus on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.
Pictured below: Commissioner Leyva, Master of Ceremonies, Commissioner Jackson with Faith Colburn and Mcclina Wheeler, Commissioner Mitchell giving a speech.
Celebrating 47 Years of Roe v. Wade 2020
CCSWG formed th Equal Pay Task Force in 2016 which focused primarily on creating tools and guidance related to implementation of the Fair Pay Act of 2015. In April 2019, CCSWG was proud to launch #EqualPayCA in partnership with the Office of the First Partner to bring awareness to these resources and to help close the gap in California.
California Votes For Women November 2019
Commission staff and Commissioners were honored to attend “California Votes for Women: A Golden State Suffrage Centennial Celebration,” hosted by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom featuring a fireside chat with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
Black Women's Equal Pay Day 2019
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
The Commission was thrilled to partner with the Office of the First Partner, the California Women’s Caucus, Times Up, and Equal Rights Advocates to produce an Equal Pay CA Conversation for Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus along with special guests Elaine Welteroth and Assemblymember Shirley Weber and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson spoke at Sacramento State University on August 27th. The well-attended event focused on a discussion of the particular challenges faced by women of color and how we can work together to achieve gender equity for all.
STEAM Symposium 2019
Once again the CCSWG was honored to co-host the 2019 California STEAM Symposium. Chair Alisha Wilkins introduced Keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin and presented an overview of the Commission’s work on the STEAM Stage.
Joint Commission Meeting and CA YIMBY Report Release 2019
The CCSWG was honored with the opportunity to hear directly from leaders from several southern California-based local commissions at a joint meeting with the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women in November 2019. The meeting was joined by representatives from Mayor Garcetti’s office and LA City Council Representatives David E. Ryu and Monica Rodriguez. This meeting was truly inspirational and highlighted a way that we, at the state level, can help ensure that state leaders are aware of grassroots efforts to positively impact the more than 20 million women and girls in California. It was followed by the California Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY CA) special Leadership Briefing, “New Research about Women of Color and California’s Housing Crisis” at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in Los Angeles.
In the lead-up to the planned 2020 United State of Women Summit, The United State of Women convened communities across the country to equip women with the tools they need to keep fighting for gender equity. CCSWG was well represented by staff at #GalvanizeCA in Sacramento at 6000 J Street in the University Union on Saturday, October 26th.
College Student Right To Access Act Bill Signing
On October 11, 2019 the Governor signed SB 24 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) which requires student health centers on University of California and California State University campuses to offer abortion by medication techniques on site.
Commissioners Jackson and Mitchell attended the signing.
Operation Dress Code 2019
Operation Dress Code Professional Clothing Drive for Women Veterans
CCSWG staff participated in the Operation Dress Code and #WinLikeAGirl clothing drive on October 11, 2019 to help women veterans get the professional clothing they need to transition to civilian life.
Operation Dress Code collaborates with non-profits, veterans organizations and businesses to give women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces a free personalized shopping spree in a beautiful pop-up boutique setting. It’s designed to empower women veterans so that they may pursue new civilian careers with the confidence they deserve and the respect they’ve earned.
All donations collected at the Sacramento #WinLikeAGirl event were be distributed on November 4th, at the 4th Annual Operation Dress Code boutique event in San Diego.
Kendra Harris with Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary Women Veterans Affair and representative from Operation Dress Code.
Women on the Rise 2019
Operations Director Emily Sunahara speaks at Women on the Rise: Educate, Mentor and Lead hosted by SRBX Women in Construction.