Public Policy

Public Policy

Here we post articles and stories related to the Women's Policy Institute; our Stand with Women public policy and advocacy campaigns; and public policies and efforts led by our grant partners or allies.
Basic necessities for babies

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On June 15, 2016, California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown repealed one of the state’s most discriminatory laws and practices through the 2016-17 state budget deal. “The Maximum Family Grant rule stemmed from racist, classist, sexist stereotypes of women of color and affected generations of poor children,” said Laura Jimenez.
Surina Khan traveled and listened

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Last month I celebrated my first year as CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. Since 1979, this statewide community foundation has been strengthening...

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“This whole policy thing is very new to me. I have an organizing background. I know how to talk to people, listen to their stories and make them understand that they’re leaders. I know how to help people see the power that they have within themselves."
Anita Wills of Essie Justice Group, whose son has been incarcerated since 2001, leaving her to raise her grandson alone.

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In the era of mass incarceration, what happens to the women who are left behind?

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It was a simple kiss between two married women, candidly captured by a photographer on a cold winter morning. Yet within months, it had spread like wildfire.

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“I want to help people. I know that I didn’t go through all the struggles in my life for nothing. I can’t cry over it for the rest of my life, but I can do something with it.”

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From domestic violence survivor to human rights activist, Women's Policy Institute-Riverside fellow Nancy Valenzuela has overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to become the formidable champion for women that she is today.
Housewife

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“Luckily for us, the teachers told us about the looming hazardous waste disaster. We had no idea. My two boys were playing and splashing in the puddles. I cringe when I think about it: They were making foam beards!”
Kalief Browder

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The tragedy of Kalief Browder caused me to reflect on my own work and life experiences. The kids I've met on the inside of the system (94 percent of whom have undergone serious trauma). How quickly an injustice like this is to explode on the Internet as a talking point. Yet how uncomfortable an injustice like this is to sit too close to.

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Public policy should not be gender- or color-blind. That’s why we’ve been training extraordinary community-based women—in particular low-income women, women from communities of color and immigrant women—to become policy advocates.

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