Women’s Policy Summit 2015

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

Materials Forthcoming:
Women’s Health Policy Fair

We’re hosting our first Women’s Health Policy Fair where women’s health organizations will showcase the priority issues and policy recommendations that need our attention in 2015.

Concerned about moving the needle forward on health care reform, reproductive rights and justice, breastfeeding and other key issues?

Think of this as policy speed dating! You’ll have the opportunity to gather information, meet top leaders, and consider how you can help advance the health of California’s women and girls.