April 20, 2018

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Women's Foundation of California Honors The Honorable Jackie Speier with "Champion Award"
April 13, 2018

News sent to W.E. Community Spotlight courtesy of Dr. Maxine Hickman, immediate past president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women San Francisco Chapter and presently a national board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. 

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On May 8th, our Annual Legislative Reception returns to celebrate and honor the efforts of community leaders, legislators, and our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) fellows and alumni who are committed to securing gender, racial, and economic justice in the state of California. 

This year’s reception is dedicated to the memory of Nancy McFadden (1959-2018), Chief of Staff to Governor Jerry Brown, former Board Member of the Women’s Foundation of California, and a lifelong advocate for gender justice. 
Take a look at this year's honorees!
In her time as a California state legislator and now as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives,Congresswoman Jackie Speier has been a fierce and courageous advocate for gender justice. This year alone, she has introduced legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress, provide for the retention and service of transgender members of the Armed Forces, codify Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors, and end gender-based pricing discrimination. A former Board member of the Women's Foundation of California, Congresswoman Speier has a long history and commitment to advancing gender justice. 
In March 2018, Senator Toni Atkins became the first woman and the first member of the LGBTQ community to be elected as President pro Tempore of the California Senate. In 2017, she led groundbreaking efforts on behalf of transgender people by authoring SB 179, which created a third gender marker on state-issued identification documents for non-binary and intersex people, and the Women’s Policy Institute-sponsored bill SB 310, which eased the process by which incarcerated transgender people can request a legal name and gender marker change. In 2013, she authored AB 154, a historic bill that expanded reproductive rights in California by allowing advanced practice clinicians to perform first trimester abortions.
We Said Enough, the brave and bold campaign to end sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and abuse began in October 2017 when Adama Iwu wrote the first #MeToo open letter focused on sexual harassment in the public policy sector and co-founded a nonprofit withSamantha Corbin, Alicia Lewis, Christine Pelosi, andPaula Treat. Featured in the December 2017 issue of Time that named the Silence Breakers “Person of the Year,” We Said Enough has shed light upon the abuse endured by women working in California state politics over the last several decades. This campaign, which began with an op-ed signed by dozens of women leaders and published in the LA Times, has spurred multiple pieces of state and federal legislation and the development of a patented app designed as a “report and support” mechanism to empower survivors and heal communities.

One of the most accomplished and powerful community leaders of our time, Mily Treviño-Sauceda (WPI-State ’04) is the co-founder of Líderes Campesinas, a statewide grassroots organization of women farmworkers in California, and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a national alliance of more than 15 organizations led by women farmworkers. Throughout her career, Treviño-Sauceda has worked tirelessly to end sexual violence and abuse against campesinas by developing her community’s leadership in the areas of education and outreach, research and media, and policy advocacy.
Women's Foundation of California
2018 Annual Legislative Reception
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Adelante Room at The California Endowment
1414 K Street, Suite 500 (1st floor), Sacramento
5:00 – 7:00 PM

"The California Endowment is a wheelchair accessible space and an ASL interpreter will be provided for this event. In order to assist our efforts to accommodate guests with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event."

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