Here we post articles and stories related to employment and workforce development; our workforce grant partners; our campaigns for better quality jobs, affordable childcare and education; stories about working women, their obstacles and opportunities; and opinion pieces about low-wage work, workforce barriers and career ladders.
This statistic took my breath away: Half of all the women in Los Angeles County who have a child under the age of 5 live in poverty. How do they cope? What are the long-term implications for their children? How can we change this situation?
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.
We recently launched our Women's Economic Mobility Initiative. We awarded $500K in grants to six organizations that are helping increase employment and advancement opportunities for low-income women in the healthcare sector. Our CEO Surina Khan answers questions about this initiative.
Alysia Cox, our 2014 Women's Policy Institute fellow, writes about the diaper shortage facing agencies throughout California and the legislation—AB 1516 (Gonzalez)—her team is working on this year to address the unmet diaper needs.
In 2013-14 legislative year, the Women's Foundation of California co-sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour—SB 935 (Mark Leno). Jane Pak writes about the importance of this bill. Update: Soon after this post was published, the bill died in Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment.
Mary Ignatius from Parent Voices writes about the bold and fearless $625 million budget ask to reinvest in child care, which was put forth by the Democratic members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus (LWC).