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The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Annual Report 2023

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) is proud to share the 2023 Annual Report.

In 2023, we have a achieved incredible goals that just a few years ago would have felt beyond our capacity. We have continued to support women and girls at the local level by infusing local communities with resources that advance economic opportunity for women, and continued our groundbreaking research focused on gender equity and the economy. We have continued to oversee grant programs advancing California’s first in the nation approach to supporting women and girls and to advocate for policy and budgetary alignment with a vision for a fully gender equitable state in the fifth largest economy in the world.

The work ahead for 2024 is just as ambitious in the pursuit of equity and justice for all women and girls, and we look forward to continuing this critical work on behalf of the women who are essential to California’s continued growth and global economic leadership.



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The California Blueprint For Women’s Pandemic Economic Recovery

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) released the California Blueprint for Women’s Pandemic Economic Recovery on November 1, 2022. The first of its kind, the Blueprint is designed as a foundational document that explores the unique economic impact the pandemic had on California women using specific state-level metrics such as Unemployment Insurance, debt levels, and CalFresh Benefits with comparisons to national data.

This report provides key insights on the status of women and serves as a call to action for the future. CCSWG’s Blueprint explores in-depth the intersectionality of COVID’s impact on women, their families and the state’s economic standing. It makes policy recommendations and overall, makes a case for public policymaking and crisis response using a gender lens. 

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2024 Report on the Status of Women and Girls

The only comprehensive report of its kind, The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ has been a valuable resource for advocates, business leaders, elected officials, and engaged citizens. The Commission has been a long-time contributor to the Mount’s annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ since its first release in 2012. In addition, the Report’s data-driven insights have been invaluable to support the Commission’s work while the Commission’s original research focused on gender and the economy such as the Commission’s California Blueprint for Women’s Pandemic Economic Recovery released in 2022, has also impacted the evolution of the Report. Check out this year’s report which features articles from CCSWG leadership and staff by clicking the button below.

CCSWG 2022 Annual Report

Building off the success of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls’ national award-winning 2021 Annual Report, this year’s report moves into 2023 articulating an unprecedented expansion of the Commission’s work. Through the development of the Blueprint (above) CCSWG staff focused on the essential workers and women still experiencing the economic impacts of the pandemic. The intent of the report is to provide the public information on the expanded programmatic, grant-based, and policy and advocacy oriented activities over the past year..

This report articulates the ongoing needs for women and families in California and the efforts made by the Commission to tackle the issues faced by 24 million Californians head on through grant programs, public education campaigns, public hearings, and key legislative victories. The Commission has worked diligently for over 50 years to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect the women and girls of California. We have expanded our work and our partnerships 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.

The State of Black Women in CA 2022 and Beyond - Essays from Black Women Thought Leaders

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is a proud contributor to the State of Black Women in CA 2022 and Beyond Report – Essays from Black Women Thought Leaders report. The report is produced annually by California Black Women’s Collective (CABWC) in partnership with CA Black Media and Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA).

This report focuses on critical issues impacting Black Women and the Black Community including political participation; work and family; health and wellness; employment and earnings; poverty and opportunity; education; violence and safety; and Black Women and aging. More than 20 different authors provided insights and highlighted legislative and non-legislative recommendations.

CCSWG 2021 Annual Report

As the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls moves into 2022 focused on those who have been hard hit by the pandemic, we wrap up the work of 2021 with our first ever Annual Report. The intent of the report is to provide public acknowledgement of a drastic increase in activities over the past year and a fundamental shift in public engagement as we move forward.

The report not only helps to offer a deeper understanding of what CCSWG does, but also provides the context for why the work is necessary and articulates the unique urgency of the moment for women and families in California struggling under the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The California Future of Abortion Council (CA FAB Council), comprised of more than 40 organizations across California, offers key policy recommendations to increase access to safe, equitable, and affordable reproductive healthcare. 

Covid-19 and Gender Equality: Countering the Regressive Effects

Without intervention to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women, there’s a risk that progress could go into reverse. This would not just set back the cause of gender equality but also hold back the global economy.

Respect Her Game

This report examines representations of gender in primetime media coverage for the first week of the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan (rescheduled to 2021).

Women in the Workplace

Women in the Workplace is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. In 2015, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org launched the study to help companies advance diversity in the workplace. Every year, the number of companies participating in this study has increased. Join CCSWG in amplifying this important research! 

Women On Corporate Boards

Under California state law, California public companies with six or more board members must have at least three women directors by the end of the year, boards of five must have at least two, and boards of four or fewer must continue to have at least one. The California Partners Project champions gender equity across the state and has produced the first comprehensive analysis tracking the shift in gender representation on California boards since the law changed. 

2022 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California

For the past 10 years, Mount Saint Mary’s University has produced The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ to provide a clearer picture of the landscape for women and girls statewide. In what areas are they thriving? Where are they merely surviving? And what obstacles remain in their path?

How COVID-19 is Impacting Women

Even before COVID-19, women were playing on an uneven field. Understanding what women are experiencing right now is critical if we’re going to learn the right lessons from this crisis. LeanIn.Org is conducting a series of surveys to find out how COVID-19 is affecting women’s finances, job security, home life, and overall well-being.

Claim Your Seat: Women of Color on Company Boards

The overall number of women on California public company boards has doubled since 2018; however, companies are missing out on the skills and perspectives of women of color. In partnership with the Latino Corporate Directors Association, this new report profiles many of women who are leading and breaking new ground in their fields. 

The State of Black Women in Corporate America

The State of Black Women in Corporate America draws heavily on the annual Women in the Workplace study. Since 2015, more than 590 companies employing more than 22 million people, along with a quarter of a million individual employees, have participated in Women in the Workplace.

Women's Earning Reports for Civil Service

CalHR conducts annual workforce analysis and earnings report for use in equal employment opportunity and workforce planning efforts. For a full list of reports and census, please visit the CalHR Workforce Analysis.

CEDAW Report

Convection on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CA Senate Resolution 78 (2017))

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