Women’s Policy Summit – 2013

The inaugural Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Health, Wealth & Power, held on January 17, 2013, was a sold-out success, with more than 500 California leaders convening to focus on public policy affecting women and girls in California.

Topics included:
Women and Health Care Reform, Reproductive Rights & Justice, Women and Mental Health, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, Gender & Health Disparities, Women and Welfare, Aging, Child Care, Gender-Responsive Asset Building, Paid Sick Days & Paid Family Leave, Lactation Accommodations, Electing More Women to Office, Appointment of Women to Corporate Boards, Mentoring, and more!

The Honorable Sheila James Kuehl captivated the luncheon crowd with her keynote Do Women Still Matter: Gender and Feminism in Policy & Law.  Secretary of State Debra Bowen closed out the luncheon with a rousing call to mentor young women and support their interests in public policy and politics.

The Summit is a one-stop opportunity to learn what leading advocates identify as top priorities to improve the health and well-being of California’s diverse communities of women and girls. The purpose of the Summit is not only to educate, but also to release action proposals and policy priorities.

Below you will find links to the 19 policy papers and other materials developed for the 2013 Women’s Policy Summit. Click on the blue/green text to access the visionary work of California advocates committed to advancing women’s health, wealth and power.

Click here for the Summit program.

Click here for a list to access Summit Presenter Biographies.

General Session:  Women & Health Care Reform

What does health reform mean for women and girls in California? What opportunities does health reform provide to improve health disparities in diverse communities throughout the state?  How can we ensure that California’s new Office of Health Equity (OHE) uses a gender lens in its work?

Click here for Health Care Reform Policy Recommendations

Click here for Using a Gender Lens at OHE

Click here for 10 Reasons the Medicaid Expansion is Good for Women
Prepared by the National Health Law Program

Susan Berke Fogel  Click here for Ms. Fogel’s PowerPoint Presentation
Director, Reproductive Health, National Health Law Program

Julie Rabinovitz Click here for Ms. Rabinovitz’s PowerPoint Presentation
President & CEO, California Family Health Council, Inc.

Vanessa Cajina
Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law and Poverty

Janette Robinson Flint Click here for Ms. Flint’s PowerPoint Presentation
Executive Director, Black Women for Wellness

Catherine Quinn
Former Chair, California Women’s Health Council,
California Office of Women’s Health (disbanded June 2012)


Workshop Track A – Advancing Women’s Health
With the closure of California’s Office of Women’s Health in 2012, it is more important than ever that advocates and other California leaders step forward to set the agenda to improve the health of California’s women and girls – in all of our diverse communities.  

I. Reproductive Health, Rights &  Justice
Click here for Reproductive HR&J Recommendations

Briefing Materials Prepared by the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom
Click here for Legislative Highlights 2000-2012
Click here for 11 Key Resource Organizations

Parker Dockray
Executive Director, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom

Kathy Kneer
President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California 

Laura Jiménez
Executive Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice 

Amy Moy
Vice President of Public Affairs, California Family Health Council

II. Women & Mental Health
Click here for Women and Mental Health Recommendations

Sandra Naylor Goodwin (Moderator)
Founder and CEO, California Institute for Mental Health

Trauma Informed Services
Vivian Brown
Founder and former CEO, Prototypes, Los Angeles
Co-founder of the National Trauma Consortium

Sherri Terao
Division Director, Family & Children’s Division
Santa Clara County Mental Health Department

Postpartum Depression
Pec Indman Click here for Ms. Indman’s PowerPoint Presentation
Therapist & Author
Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Joy Burkhard  Click here for Ms. Burkhard’s PowerPoint Presentation
Founder, California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative

III. Healthy Aging
Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (Moderator)
Chair, Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-term Care

Kathy Kelly
Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Financing of Long-Term Services & Supports
Gary Passmore
Executive Director, Congress of California Seniors

Elder Justice
Mary Twomey
Co-director, Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect

Legislative Engagement
Clare Smith
President, OWL-California

IV.  Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence
Krista Niemczyk
Public Policy Specialist, CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Workplace Protections
Rachael Langston
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Sexual Assault
Sandra Henriquez
Executive Director, CalCASA

Health Care Response
Dr. Brigid McCaw  Click here for Dr. McCaw’s PowerPoint Presentation
Medical Director, Family Violence Prevention Program
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Click here for Kaiser Permanente’s Policy Model

V. Workplace Policy:  Paid Sick Days, Paid Family Leave & Lactation Accommodations

Click here for Recommendations on Family-Friendly Workplaces

Jenya Cassidy
California Policy Director, Labor Project for Working Families

Sharon Terman
Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Work and Family Project
Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Donna Benton
Work & Family Coalition, LA Chapter

Genevieve Thomas Colvin
Click here for Ms. Colvin’s PowerPoint Presentation
Program Coordinator, Worksite Lactation Accommodations
Breastfeed LA: Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles

Afternoon General Session
Proposed 2013-14 State Budget: Some Key Context
Scott Graves, Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget Project
Click here for Mr. Graves’ PowerPoint Presentation


Track B: Preventing Poverty & Building Economic Security
Significant cuts to California’s safety net programs have had major impacts on women and their families. What is the path forward to economic stability and self-sufficiency?

I. Women & Welfare: CalWORKs in 2013

Click here for CalWORKs Recommendations
Click here for Recommendations on CalWORKs and Community Colleges

Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell (Moderator)
Chair, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

Jessica Bartholow
Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty

Jamila Iris Edwards
Northern California Director
Children’s Defense Fund – California

Melissa Jacobs
District CalWORKs Coordinator, Los Rios Community College District
California Community Colleges CalWORKs Association, President

II. Gender-Responsive Asset Building

Gender-Responsive Asset-Building Strategies: Considerations for State Policy and Programs
A Report from the Senate Office of Research, developed at the request of Senator Carol Liu
Click here for the Executive Summary
Click here for the Full Report

Senator Carol Liu (Moderator)
Chair, Senate Education Committee

Sheryl E. Lane
Director of Public Policy, EARN

Daphne Hunt
Policy Consultant, Senate Office of Research

Olivia Calderon
Chair, California Asset-Building Coalition

III. Child Care

Click here for Recommendations on Child Care and Early Childhood Development
Kim Kruckel
Executive Director, Child Care Law Center

Mary Ignatius
Statewide Organizer, Parent Voices

Donna Sneeringer
Senior Program Director
Child Development, Inc.
To advance women’s health and well-being, we need more than good policy – we need women in positions of power.

I. Women on Corporate Boards in California
How many women serve on corporate boards in California? Not enough. Learn about the latest research, and a statewide effort that you can join to push for parity.

2012-2013 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives
Click here for UC Davis Study Exec Summary
Click here for UC Davis Study Full Report
Petition Link and Social Media Contact Information

Marilyn Nagel
CEO, Watermark and Convener of California’s 2020 Project Steering Committee

Michelle Henry
Member of California’s 2020 Project Steering Committee

Amanda Kimball
Research Specialist, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and author of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers, 2012–2013

II. For Young Women Leaders Only
Learn about paths to leadership roles in politics and policy. Hear from women leaders who work in our State Capitol, the Administration, and in advocacy organizations.

Special Welcome
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen

Carrie Jett Martin (Moderator)
Assistant Deputy Secretary of State
Voter Outreach and Legislative Affairs

Tricia Wynne
Deputy Treasurer
Office of the State Treasurer

Angela M. Gilliard
Director of Legislation, Health Sciences and Services
State Government Relations, UC Office of the President

S. Alecia Sanchez
Associate Director, Center for Government Relations
California Medical Association


Mary Hughes, Founder & Director, 2012 Project
Hear from one of the nation’s leading strategists on electing women to public office. What were the successes in 2012? What do we need to do to increase the number of women elected officials in California? How can you help? Maybe you should run!

Kate Karpilow, CCRWF Executive Director
Hear closing thoughts from the Founder and Director of the Women’s Policy Summit.
How can we support policy proposals to improve the health and well-being of California’s diverse communities of women and girls? What can we do as individuals— and through our organizations— to champion a women’s agenda in California?

The Women’s Policy Summit is co-sponsored by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

Special thanks to The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, the federal Office on Women’s Health, and the Sierra Health Foundation for their support of the 2013 Women’s Policy Summit.

For more information, please contact summit@ccrwf.org.