Programs & Priorities

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is a state agency working to amplify gender inequities and injustices, champion solutions, and deliver connections to relevant, timely resources to women and girls across the state.

Our programs are designed to address key disparities – because women and families deserve more.

State Advisory Committee (SAC) on Sexual Assault Victim Services

The SAC, established by Penal Code Section 13836, provides oversight to the Rape Crisis, Child Sexual Abuse, and Child Sexual Exploitation and Intervention Programs. Through the SAC, the Office of Emergency Services gives voice to the concerns and needs of sexual assault survivors in California. The Commission on the Status of Women appoints six of the members of this vital committee.  

College Student Right To Access Act

California has chosen to be a leader on reproductive healthcare access. The College Student Right to Access Act ensures that California’s college and university students have access to medication abortion through campus health centers. 


#EqualPayCA is an initiative led by the First Partner’s Office and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) to help close the pay gap in California. We challenge businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge, offer specialized trainings to workers throughout the state, and provide a range of resources developed by the Equal Pay Task Force.

Girls in STEAM

Women and girls in California continue to lag behind their male counterparts in academic performance in STEAM fields, enrollment into STEAM courses, majoring in STEAM fields, and working in STEAM careers. The Commission has expanded our programming and partnership in our work with the California Department of Education and the CDE Foundation and act as annual co-hosts of the California STEAM Symposium.

Equality Icons

For more than 50 years, the Commission  has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. The experiences of women and girls must be understood through an intersectional lens, but awareness is only the first step – active allyship, advocacy, and structural change are needed to build true equality in California. 

Your Vote Is Your Voice

Your Vote Is Your Voice is a campaign created to remind women of their personal power to co-create our collective future by casting a ballot in every election. We are proud to continue to work with the California Secretary of State’s Office to amplify the resources available designed to make voting easy for every California resident. 

Women & Girls Resource Hub

Find links to resources on topics ranging from gender equity in the workplace, women in the military and the needs of veterans and efforts to improve access for women and girls to all the health services that they need. 

Statewide Events

Across California various agencies work to uplift and celebrate women in different ways. Learn more about the campaigns and efforts taking place on our calendar of partner events.

Covid19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect California in ways we can anticipate and ways we can not even imagine. During any crisis, the impact on women is enormous. Please explore some of the resources we have gathered here. 

Companies Signed the Equal Pay Pledge


California Residents Are Women We Serve

Participants in #EqualPayCA Trainings

Roughly CA College Students Served

Be An Equal Pay Champion

We are challenging businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge and commit to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers, and promoting best practices that will close the pay gap to ensure fundamental equity for all workers.

To date, over 40 major California employers have taken the pledge, including GAP Inc., Apple, Twitter, Salesforce, and more. We would be excited to add your name to this growing list and publicly recognize your commitment to equity in the workplace.

All Change Starts Locally

CCSWG is working with county and city commissions on women statewide to asses the needs and impact of Covid19 on the women and girls of California. Thank you to our partners in this work. To contact your local Commission click the button below. 

Covid19 Relief & Resilience

There is no other statewide entity as uniquely positioned to amplify, champion and connect women and girls to state services and resources that address their critical needs as the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Resounding reports and findings demonstrate that women are the center bullseye of COVID-19 impact.  CCSWG will build a three-year fundraising effort dedicated to raising funds to improve the economic viability and mental health of women and girls, starting with a $5 million goal. Learn More


Collaborate With Us!

CCSWG collaborates with state agencies, non profits, and local commissions on women and girls regularly.

To join CCSWG on a project, campaign, or to propose a collaborative effort, please contact Programs Director Tifani Bartow at

We look forward to working with you to increase equity, safety, and wellness for the women and girls of California.

Mexican American Bar Association
California Budget and Policy Center
The University of California
California Governor's Office of Business
Lean In
Workplace Rights Ambassador Project
Gobierno de Mexico
Office of the First Partner
Latina Lawyers Bar Association
California Women Lead
California Partners Project
Labor Commissioners Office
World Trade Center Northern California
Vote Safe California
The California State University