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How women working in California are recovering from pandemic setbacks

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women have to work to earn what men did in the previous year. It’s March 15 and women are just catching up.

Holly Martinez, the executive director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, joined Sonseeahray to talk about what’s being done to help women recover from the additional financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Announces $5M in Grants to Fund Women’s Pandemic Recovery Response on Equal Pay Day

Today, March 15, 2022, on Equal Pay Day, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) announced the recipients of a $5 million grant program to fund organizations serving women and girls who have been disproportionately affected economically by the ongoing pandemic. Grantees include organizations serving low-income, unemployed, or underemployed, AIAN, BIPOC, LGBTQIA, unhoused, rural, disabled, senior, and veteran populations. Grants were awarded in five areas to direct service providers, local women’s commissions, and government entities seeking to establish and expand local women’s commissions, and nonprofits serving primarily women and girls.

Watch Commissioner Greer on Good Day LA!

Commissioner Lisa Greer joined Good Day LA on Friday, January 28, 2022 to talk about the CCSWG Women’s Recovery Response Grant Opportunity. With $5 million dollars available, CCSWG will award funds ranging from $25,000 up to $250,000 to eligible applicants in five distinct funding categories. Applications are due February 4, 2022 by no later than 4:00 p.m. All application materials, eligibility requirements, and submission guidelines are available on our website at https://women.ca.gov/womens-recovery-response/. These grants will insert structural support and resources into a network of local leaders ready to respond to the growing economic challenges and needs of women impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome Executive Director Holly Martinez!

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) has announced the permanent hiring of its former Interim Executive Director, Holly Martinez. Martinez was officially sworn in by California’s Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins on December 16, 2021 after being appointed in November by the Commission. Under her leadership throughout most of 2021, the Commission has blazed a new path, leading the way on a statewide women’s recovery in the wake of the pandemic and expanding its programming and legislative work as well as developing a large-scale philanthropic effort. Her Commission appointment as Executive Director was effective as of November 1, 2021.

CCSWG Sponsors Habitat for Humanity's "Women Leaders Build" Event

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls are sponsoring Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento’s inaugural Women Leaders Build as part of Women Build Month.

Women, especially those who serve as head of their families and women of color, disproportionately face obstacles that make accessing decent, affordable housing seem impossible. Stable, affordable homeownership is transformative for low-income families.

This March, over Women’s History Month, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento will bring together over 500 women from across the region to help build and preserve critically needed affordable housing for low-income single moms, women, children, and families.

CCSWG COVID 19 Response

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. Please explore some of the resources we have gathered.