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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.
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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Eleven women in Los Angeles started fasting on April 16 demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage. If working women and mothers in California are to thrive, as opposed to barely survive, they need to start earning a living wage.

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Deborah Drysdale is a member of our Race, Gender and Human Rights (RGHR) giving circle. The mission of this San Francisco-based giving circle is to promote human rights and racial and gender justice by challenging the criminal justice system and its use of mass incarceration in California.

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and we wanted you to know that five intrepid Women's Policy Institute fellows are working on bold legislation that aims to prevent adolescent relationship abuse. Their solution: making violence education and prevention a part of school education in California.
Beautiful Older Woman

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We applaud Senator Mark Leno's decision to introduce legislation (SB3) that aims to raise California's minimum wage to $11 an hour in 2016 and $13 in 2017. Six out of ten minimum wage workers are women. In this post, Jane Pak talks to a 63-year-old worker from Fairfield, Angela Grott.
Karuna Jaggar on the Daily Show

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Watch Karuna Jaggar, a graduate of the Women's Policy Institute and executive director of Breast Cancer Action, talks with the hilarious Samantha Bee (The Daily Show) about "pink fracking."

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On #GivingTuesday we're raising funds to support one Women’s Policy Institute team. Watch our new video about the Institute, its brilliant graduates and their legislative victories over the years. UPDATE: We raised over $31,000 on #GivingTuesday!
WPI Fellow on Giving Tuesday

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We're participating in #GivingTuesday this year and are trying to raise $60,000 and fund an entire Women's Policy Institute team. This groundbreaking program has changed the lives of 300 graduates and they have gone on to change the lives of thousands of women.
Jessie Ryan, WPI graduate

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Last week, Jessie Ryan, a Women's Policy Institute graduate, was elected to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board. Jessie was chosen to represent Area 7, the poorest, most diverse district in SCUSD. We simply can't think of a more qualified candidate for the job.

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