5 Questions for CSU Trustees to Address Gender Gap

CSU needs more women presidents, as detailed in my recent Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: Cal State system has a major gender diversity problem.

The CSU Trustees can address this gender gap, by asking the following questions at their upcoming board meetings, scheduled for September 8 and 9, and November 17 and 18:

1.    Diversity Goals
Have we set specific diversity goals for our campus leadership?  For the Office of the Chancellor?  Are we on target in meeting these goals?

2.    Upcoming Retirements
Of our 23 presidents, who is likely to retire in the next 3 years?  How might these openings help us reach our diversity goals?

3.    Building the Leadership Bench
We know that only 7 of our 23 CSU Presidents are women, but what is the diversity – by gender and race – of leaders on the executive teams at each campus?

4.    Recruitment Firm
What is the track record of our recruiting firm in identifying high-level candidates who are women and people of color?

5.    Acting & Interim Presidents
Do we have a policy or best practice for hiring acting or interim presidents? And does this policy include a commitment to developing a diverse pool of leaders?

Do you have ideas for additional questions?  Send suggestions to comments@ccrwf.org.

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The Chart Tells All: Women Presidents of Color Under-Represented at CSU

Are you a statistics nerd? 

My recent Sacramento Bee op-ed — Cal State system has a major gender diversity problem — took a careful look at gender and race/ethnicity.

Below is a chart I put together that shows the representation of male and female CSU presidents — white, African-American, Latino, Asian — compared to their representation in California’s adult population.

The major take-aways?  Men from all backgrounds are over-represented.  Women of color are under-represented.  White women are at parity – but only because of the one-year interim appointment of Susan Martin as president of San Jose State University.


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10 CSU Campuses that have Never had a Woman President

My recent Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee identified 10 CSU campuses that have never had a woman president.  Here’s the full list:

  1. Bakersfield
  2. Channel Islands
  3. Chico
  4. Fresno
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Sacramento
  7. San Bernardino
  8. San Diego
  9. San Francisco
  10. San Luis Obispo
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The Full Participation Report — #NotThereYet

Only 5% of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies are women.  Comedian Jenny Slate calls this “a lot of wasted pantsuits.”

Ms. Slate joined with Amy Poehler, Sienna Miller, Padma Lakshmi and Carmen Diaz in a short video that kicked off the release of The Full Participation Report, produced by the No Ceilings initiative of the Clinton and Gates foundations.

Yesterday in New York, the heavy hitters took the stage: Chelsea Clinton, Melinda Gates, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Watch the proceedings here.

Or check out the twitter conversations using the hashtag #NotThereYet.

The Full Participation Report compiles data on the progress of women throughout the world on a broad set of indicators – laws and policy, education, health, economic status, civic participation and more. The timeframe is 20 years – the 1995 starting point set by the 4th UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to 2015.

In her introduction, Melinda Gates explains why the report is more than an info feast for nerds: “Data is knowledge and knowledge is power. . . the power to help women and girls build a better future.”

Another powerful point is made by Chelsea Clinton, who with this initiative fully takes the international stage as a public intellectual and change agent:

“That while we’ve made great progress over the last 20 years, we’re just not there yet when it comes to gender equality – and that’s just not good enough.”

And finally — my vote for one of the most touching moments from the proceedings that included the Presidents of Liberia and Croatia. Secretary Clinton completed her remarks, and then turned the program back to her daughter:  “So . . . let’s start.  Chels?”

Chelsea responded: “Thanks, Mom.”

The Full Participation Report.  Watch it. Read it. Share it.


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CCRWF Partnership Launches #HowICare at 2015 Women’s Policy Summit

In September 2014, CCRWF proposed a partnership with the California Work and Family Coalition to increase public awareness of California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.

  • What if the 2015 Women’s Policy Summit could be a launch pad for a social media campaign on PFL?  What could we accomplish by tapping into the power of the 500 California leaders who would attend?
  • And would it be possible to commission a new Field Poll on the current level of public awareness of PFL? We knew that 43% of Californians were aware of PFL in 2011 – but had the numbers gone up or down?

It’s a testament to the power of partnerships that we made all this happen!

Not only did we raise funds for a new Field poll on public awareness of PFL (recently mentioned in a New York Times article!), more than 500 California leaders at the Women’s Policy Summit committed to a new social media campaign, #HowICare.

By signing on to #HowICare, Summit participants promised to send five messages by email, Facebook or Twitter to friends, family and colleagues to raise awareness of PFL.

Tweeters include California Speaker of the State Assembly Toni G. Atkins and state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Click here to access the sample email, tweets and FaceBook post.  And please consider signing on to support #HowICare.

The results of the Field Poll were sobering – and a call to action. The number of California voters who know about California’s Paid Family Leave Program declined in the last four years from 43 percent to 36 percent, just over one in three voters.

The Field Poll also found the decline in awareness of PFL was greatest among ethnic voters, women, and those with no more than a high school education.  Read the poll’s complete findings here.

This means many people are forced to choose between caring for their loved ones or paying the bills—and don’t know they have another option that would help them.

The Field poll was commissioned by CCRWF in partnership with the California Work and Family Coalition, with additional funding contributed by Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Equal Rights Advocates and AARP-CA.

For additional information on California’s Paid Family Leave program, go to www.paidfamilyleave.org.


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Policy Papers & Video Links Now Available for 2015 Women’s Policy Summit

The 2015 Women’s Policy Summit, hosted by CCRWF, was held on January 14, 2015, at the Sacramento Convention Center, convening over 500 California policy leaders.

A central mission of the Summit is to work with leading advocates to prepare and release priority recommendations at the start of the legislative session — all focused on advancing the health, wealth and power of women and girls.

Below are links to the policy recommendations and other materials released at the Summit.

Click here to access the videos for each session, provided by The California Channel.


Women, Poverty and Economic Empowerment
Leading advocacy organizations will release their priority recommendations to help women and their families rebound from the Great Recession with jobs and benefits that help them thrive.

How can California’s welfare system (CalWORKs) offer strategic and effective support for low-income families? What other recommendations related to workforce development, wages and education make sense at the start of a new legislative session?

Opening Remarks & Moderator

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Policy Partners
Recommendations on CalWORKs
Jessica Bartholow, Advocate
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Recommendations on Child Care
Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer
Parent Voices

Recommendation to Increase California’s Minimum Wage
Judy Patrick, Director of Public Policy
Women’s Foundation of California

Recommendations to Limit Abuses of the E-Verify System
Ronald Coleman, Government Affairs Manager
California Immigrant Policy Center

Recommendations to Protect & Build Assets Among Women-Headed Households
Prepared by the California Reinvestment Coalition, Western Center on Law and Poverty & California Asset Building Coalition

Women, Working Families and the Workplace
What additional workplace supports are needed to help parents and caregivers manage both work and family obligations? What next steps would make California’s child care system more responsive to working families? This plenary will be a fast-paced session that showcases priority legislation, releases new survey results from The Field Poll – and uses the power of our assembled leaders to launch a statewide Paid Family Leave Awareness Campaign.
Opening Remarks & Moderator
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Policy Partners

Recommendations for Working Parents and Caregivers
Sharon Terman, Senior Staff Attorney
Director, Work and Family Program
Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center

Recommendations to Promote Predictable Scheduling
Jenya Cassidy, Project Director
Work and Family Coalition, Next Generation

Recommendations to Close California’s Gender Wage Gap
Noreen Farrell, Executive Director
Equal Rights Advocates

Recommendations on Child Care & Child Care Provider Wages
Tonia McMillian, Co-Chair
Raising California Together

Just 36% of Voters Aware of State’s Paid Family Leave Program
Mark DiCamillo, Senior Vice President and Director of the Field Poll
Field Research Corporation


Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Toni G. Atkins
Speaker of the California State Assembly
Keeping the California Dream Alive
for Women and Working Families
Click here for the video link.

Introduced by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia

Women’s and Girls’ Health in California: A Statistical Overview
California’s Office of Health Equity – with input from the CCRWF Women’s Health Advisory Committee – is releasing a chart book of statistics on women’s and girls’ health, rich with data from all of California’s diverse communities.

Where have we made progress? What are the red flags for policymakers and service providers? Be among the first to learn how this statistical profile can inform policy and practice.

Policy Partner

Women’s Health in California: A Statistical Overview
Developed with input from the Women’s Health Advisory Committee of CCRWF
William Jahmal Miller, Deputy Director
Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health

Addressing Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Girls
How can we work together to decrease domestic violence and sexual assault? What are the next steps to provide more services to victims of human trafficking? And what local policies and programs have proven effective in efforts to prevent violence against women and girls? Join us as top leaders identify strategies for 2015 and beyond.

Policy Partners

Recommendations on Funding for Rape Crisis Centers
Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Recommendations on Addressing Domestic Violence
Krista Niemczyk, Public Policy Manager
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Recommendations to Fund Direct Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
Kay Buck, President and CEO
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking

Rose Herrera, Councilwoman, City of San José
President, League of California Cities Women’s Caucus

Closing Remarks
Senator Kevin de León

Senate President pro Tempore


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