Women’s Policy Summit – 2014

The Women’s Policy Summit is a major policy forum held in California’s State Capital to help launch the legislative session with proposals to advance the health, wealth and power of women and girls in all of their diverse communities.

In 2014, CCRWF hosted — with an amazing set of partners — our second Women’s Policy Summit, with over 550 policy leaders, legislators, staff, advocates, and nonprofit leaders in attendance.

Special thanks to The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment and Kaiser Permanente for their support of the 2014 Women’s Policy Summit.

Click here to check out the entire WPS 14 agenda.

Implementing Health Care Reform: Mobilizing Women’s Networks
The 2014 Summit included an plenary session, moderated by California Secretary of Health and Human Services Diana Dooley, on Implementing Health Care Reform which released best practice tools to help local leaders mobilize women’s health and social service networks to engage and enroll women and their families in Medi-Cal Managed Care and Covered California.  Click on link above to access these materials.

Women, Poverty and Economic Empowerment
This break-out session, moderated by Senator Holly J. Mitchell, presented three sets of recommendations — from the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, the Women’s Foundation of California, and the California Community College CalWORKs Association.

Paid Family Leave
This workshop was the first-ever continuing education workshop offered at the Summit for lawyers, social workers and other professionals. The session provided a high-level overview of paid family leave and a synopsis of the key laws affecting working families.

Health Disparities & Women and Girls
This panel launched a critical conversation about how to consistently and rigorously include a focus on women and girls in the important health disparities work that is underway in California.

Title IX Compliance: Opening Doors for Girls and Young Women Room 306
More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX, most schools and colleges are not in full compliance with this landmark federal law. This workshop provided an overview of Title IX, with a focus on three areas – equal access to athletic opportunities, policies against sexual harassment, and prevention of discrimination against pregnant teens. We also launched the California Title IX Coalition and its work to increase Title IX compliance at local high schools.

Reducing the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits
Evidence collected after a sexual assault can help identify perpetrators, but thousands of rape kits are sitting in labs, evidence rooms and back offices and have never been tested.This session outlined legislative proposals to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits throughout
California – and showcased a ground‐breaking effort in Alameda County.

Child Care & Early Learning – Building a New Vision
This session’s presenters put forth BIG IDEAS, proposals to move us beyond a system described by many as a patchwork quilt to an integrated, sustainable system that nurtures children and supports working parents.What barriers do we need to break through? What needs to change to make full‐day, quality care available for low- and middle‐income families? How can we build a trained and fairly compensated workforce?

Click on links below for the articles contributed by these experts.
Many thanks to Senator Carol Liu for moderating this panel.

Everything Old is New Again
Michael Olenick, President and CEO, Child Care Resource Center

Go Big: Reality, Reform and Revenue
Giannina Sophia Perez, Director, Early Learning and Development Policy, Children Now

Building Equity in the Child Care and Early Learning System
Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices

Moira Kenney, Executive Director, First 5 Association of California

Anny O’Leary from Next Generation was not able to participate, but contributed a column: Infant and Toddler Care in 20125.

Building Political Power:
This final session sparked conversation about what extra efforts need to take place to achieve equity in the political office. Click on the links below to access the column contributed by each presenter after the Summit.

How to Build Women’s Political Power
Kate Karpilow, CCCRWF Executive Director (moderator)

Demanding our Rightful Place
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia

Five Steps to Elect More Women
Kimberly Ellis
Executive Director, Emerge California

Rachel Michelin
Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead

Affirmative Steps to Stop the Slide
Betsy Cotton
Director, close the gap California

And finally – the 2014 Women’s Policy Summit marked the launch of the CCRWF Mentoring Initiative: Pathways to Policy. Designed by and for young women, this one-day training and mentoring convening brought together over 60 young women to inspire them to enter careers in government. Click on the link above for more information.

We were honored to have as our Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Sandra Fluke, Attorney & Social Justice Advocate
Reproductive Rights, Freedom & Justice:
A Vision for California’s Future

The Women’s Policy Summit was co-sponsored by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; the Latino, Black, API, and LGBT Legislative Caucuses, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.