October 6th, 2015
October 6, 2015
CONTACT: Rachel Michelin, California Women Lead, (916) 501-3074
Sarah Pollo, California Women Lead (916) 410-7506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California Women Lead Applauds Governor Jerry Brown
For Signing Landmark Pay Equity Bill Into Law
Sacramento— Female employees in California will finally get tools to challenge gender based wage gaps in the
workplace along with protection from discrimination and retaliation when questions about earnings are asked.
While the expanded fair pay legislation will not instantly fix all wage disparities in the state, it is a big step forward for
addressing the gender wage gap issue. In 2014, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79
percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent. The gap has narrowed since the 1970s, but still exists. In California
the ratio is 84 percent, according to data from the American Community Survey.
“When companies pay women less than men for the same work, it’s entire families who are shortchanged,” said Fiona
Ma, president, CA Women Lead. “This bill creates measurable standards and ensures transparency. We applaud
Governor Brown and Senator Jackson for taking bold action to ensure equal pay.”
“We know Governor Brown is a supporter of equality for women,” said Rachel Michelin, CEO and executive director, CA
Women Lead. “Not only has he shown his commitment by making this legislation law, but also by working with California
Women Lead on increasing the number of women serving in his administration as appointees. We appreciate that he
puts his words into action for the women of California. California Women Lead is honored to be a part of the bill signing
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, (D-District 19) authored Senate Bill 358 earlier this year. The bill, signed into law today,
makes California’s equal pay protections for both sexes the strongest in the nation.
About California Women Lead – California Women Lead is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing
leadership training, policy discussion forums, and networking opportunities for women holding – or interested in holding
– elected or appointed office. The report was written by Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women
Lead. For more information about the California Women Lead, its programs to encourage and train women to be
leaders in their community and state or to support California Women Lead financially, please visit
September 30th, 2015
Oct. 1, 2015 Contacts: Rachel Michelin, California Women Lead, (916)501-3074
Sarah Pollo, California Women Lead, (916)410-7506
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California Women Lead and the League of California Cities® Women’s Caucus Release Updated Report on
Women’s Representation on California City Councils
Report Shows Women Increased representation by 21 total Council Members, More Work to be Done
Sacramento– California Women Lead and the League of California Cities® Women’s Caucus released a report this morning showing women have increased their representation by 21 total council members since 2014. The update follows last year’s report “Snapshot on the Status of Women in City Government,” which revealed that the number of California women serving on city councils is not as high as one would suspect, and did not mirror the gains woman made in other parts of the country.
“There has been some progress since last year, however, we still have much work to do in order to reach parity for women in elected office—at the local, state and federal level,” said California Women Lead CEO Rachel Michelin.
Michelin, in partnership with the League’s Women’s Caucus, announced the updated numbers of women serving in government during the League’s 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in San Jose.
According to the 2015 report, the total number of women serving on city councils statewide is now 727. Highlights from two reports can be compared below.
2014 preliminary report findings:
• 706 women were serving on city councils;
• 61 cities had a majority of women on the council;
• 191 had one woman on the council; and
• 71 had NO women serving on the council.
2015 updated report findings:
• More women are serving on city councils in California—21;
• One city—Eureka—has an all female council;
• 76 cities have a majority of women on the council – 15 more women than previous report;
• 177 cities have one woman on the council – down 14 from the previous report;
Additionally, of the 12 largest cities with populations over 300,000, the updated report shows Oakland with the highest percentage of women serving and Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Bakersfield with only one woman on the council. Riverside has no women on its council and only two cities—Fresno and Oakland—have a woman serving as mayor.
“This updated report shows that women serving in city government has increased, but is still far from representing the total number of women who live in California. We need to empower more women to fill the pipeline and consider serving on city councils throughout the state,” said Michelin. “Women are more likely to seek office when they receive the right support, so California Women Lead continues its efforts to encourage, train and mentor women to be leaders in their communities and beyond, reminding them, ‘if not you, then who?’ We are focused on increasing the number of women candidates, and the number of women who are elected, in 2016 election cycle.”
“Women comprise just over 50 percent of the U.S. population but we do not yet represent half of the council members in California. This report shows the advancement of women leaders in California city governments and the advances that still need to be achieved,” said Janet Arbuckle, Grass Valley council member and president Of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus.
“We founded the non-partisan League of California Cities Women’s Caucus to address the need for female representation in public office in California and across the country,” states City of San Jose Vice Mayor Rose Herrera who is also founder and past president of the League’s Women’s Caucus. “Elected women have a unique opportunity and responsibility to encourage other women to run. The low numbers of women on city councils and the lack of female representation in the larger cities are especially concerning.”
The updated report on the status of women serving in city government also shows continued disparities in representation at the statewide and Congressional offices.
To help counter the apparent lack of parity for California women running for — and being elected to — local and state office, California Women Lead conducts workshops with the goal of focusing attention on the need for the effective leadership that women uniquely provide, whether it’s serving on a school board, as a county supervisor, as a state legislator, or in the halls of Congress; and to offer support and guidance to those women who respond to the call for effective leadership that is so desperately needed.
For a copy of the report, visit http://cawomenlead.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-CLW-Report.pdf
About California Women Lead – California Women Lead is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, policy discussion forums, and networking opportunities for women holding – or interested in holding – elected or appointed office. The report was written by Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead. For more information about the California Women Lead, its programs to encourage and train women to be leaders in their community and state or to support California Women Lead financially, please visit www.cawomenlead.org.
About The League of Cities Women’s Caucus – The Women’s Caucus is a diversity caucus organized within the League of California Cities. The Women’s Caucus endorses and supports the League of California Cities (LCC) mission to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy in order to enhance the quality of life for all Californians and to support policies that directly promote the development and redevelopment of safe and healthy cities. Our mission, as a bipartisan and multicultural group of elected or appointed officials and their colleagues, is to support women in public office, support issues that affect and benefit women, and provide a network of support for both men and women at the local level who are working to overcome barriers for women. For more information, please visit www.cacities.org/caucuses.
September 9th, 2015
Catherine J. Hodgkins, Carmel
Hester Gunadi, Carson
Trish Williams, San Diego
Dr. Patricia Justice, Temecula
Jennifer Zins, Sacramento
Eileen Wenger Tutt, Sacramento
Denise Benton, San Bernardino
Susan Walsh, Merced
Heather Rosing, San Diego
Shauna Day, Los Angeles
Dr. Candy Campbell, Concord
Diana Stanich, Canyon Country
Donesia Gause, Carson
Barbara Ryan, Santee
Katherine Paculba, San Diego
Vice Mayor Sylvia Ballin, San Fernando
Councilmember Karen Speigel, Corona
Jennifer Whiting, Sacramento
Jacqueline Jackson, San Diego
Chris Wagaman, Davis
Pam Hemann, Pasadena
Ruth Conroy, San Francisco
Irene Pinkard, Oxnard
Bless Shepard, Sacramento
Jennifer Stoll, Portland, OR
Sherri Loveland, Tustin
Katherine Reuter, Santa Monica
Trustee Marilyn Buchi, Fullerton
Pamela Wells, North Hollywood
Roxanne Gould, Sacramento
Lucy Dunn, Irvine
Renee Morgan, Danville
Priscilla Vivio, Santa Rosa Carolyn McIntyre, Sacramento
Jane Rozanski, Camarillo Cyd Brandvein, Irvine
Jennifer Capitolo, Sacramento Victoria Horton, Sacramento
Mary Anne Rooney, Oxnard Michelle Brattmiller, Sacramento
Susan Stanfill, Riverside Cyd Brandvein, Irvine
Shelley Sorsabal, Palmdale Mary Ann Lutz, Monrovia
Sheryl Chalupa, Bakersfield George Runner, Sacramento
Kathy Ryan, Sacramento Karen Zamarripa, Sacramento
Kristy Babb, Sacramento Joanna Flores, Los Angeles
Tricia Hunter, Sacramento Barbara LaVake, Sacramento
Lottie Fox, Temecula Anna Piercy, Cypress
Susan Steinhauser, Los Angeles Susan Muranishi, Oakland
Marketa Houskova, Sacramento Janice Gutierrez, Livermore
Janet Mulder, Jamul Cindy Petersen, Sacramento
Supervisor Carol Groom, San Mateo Krista Martinelli-Larson, So San Francisco
Karen Humphrey, Sacramento
Pouneh Simpson, Sacramento
Tamara Chapman Davis, Rohnert Park
Nancy Teal, Mission Viejo
Marissa Allen, Sacramento
Trustee Gila Jones, San Juan Capistrano
Marcia McKenzie, Redding
Joy Picus, Reseda
July 8th, 2015
This one-day conference provides women the skills and tools to be empowered leaders.
Monday, Oct. 26 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
10000 Ming Ave. | Conference Center 50
Bakersfield, CA 93311 map
Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead’s first Women’s Empowerment Day in Bakersfield, a one-day event designed to empower women.
- State Senator Andy Vidak
- Fiona Ma, Member, State Board of Equalization, former Assembly Speaker Pro Tem and President, California Women Lead
- Connie Conway, Former Assembly Minority Leader, Appointee, California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Member, California Women Lead
- Christina Sistrunk, President and CEO, Aera Energy LLC
- Cassandra Pye, President, 3.14 Communications and Vice President, CA Women Lead
- Lynne Johnson Carrithers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Aera Energy LLC
- Cynthia Pollard, Director of Public Affairs, Aera Energy LLC
- Shirley Gordon, Vice President of Operations, State Farm Insurance
- Melissa Poole, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Paramount Farming Company
- Connie Perez, Commissioner, California State Lottery
- Janelle Capra, Principal, Capra PR
- Michele Bresso, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Kern Community College District
- Mari Perez-Dowling, Director, Community Relations, Univision
- Robin Mangarin Scott, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial and Mercy Hospitals
- Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead and Gubernatorial Appointee, California Board of Optometry
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Members of CA Women Lead
EARLY BIRD (before October 16, 2015) $50.00 Click here to Register»
$65 after October 15th
EARLY BIRD (before October 16, 2015, 2015) $70.00 Click here to Register»
Regular ticket $85.00
NO TICKETS SOLD AFTER OCTOBER 21, 2015
May 5th, 2015
Please join Conference Co-Chairs Mona Pasquil, Secretary for Appointments, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Charlene Zettel, Regent, University of California for CA Women Lead’s first Women’s Empowerment Conference at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Campaign bootcamp 2015 agenda Special Pre-Conference- Monday, August 17, 2015
Two sessions offered, separate registration:
Running a Successful Campaign – Bootcamp 101
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Being an Effective Board Member (Corporate, Nonprofit, Appointed)
Full Conference- Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Featured Speaker: Janet Napolitano, President, University of California Board of Regents
More keynote speakers to be announced.
Who Should Attend? California Women Lead is a nonpartisan organization that welcomes women (and men) at any career level to join us for this conference. From elected and appointed officials and their staff to community activists, nonprofit managers and professionals, our conference is open to anyone interested in advancing their personal, professional and political goals.
Why Should I Attend? This conference provides you with plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge as well as your circle of personal and professional contacts. Our speakers and interactive sessions will inspire you and build your personal and professional skill sets. In addition, you will be networking with other professionals from all parts of the state and sharing in their experiences and insights.
What Will I Learn? Whether you are looking to enhance your leadership skills, learn what it takes to run a successful campaign or explore options to advance your professional career, you will find the California Women Lead “Women’s Empowerment Conference” a rewarding and educational experience.
Special rate for the conference is $219.00. This rate is only available for pre-conference and/or conference paid registrants. A link will be provided for your room reservations after paid registration. A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 27, 2015 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. Prevailing rates may apply after this date or when the group rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. Rooms are subject to availability.
Discounted Theme Park Tickets
Discounted Special Group Theme Park Tickets available to purchase online. These discounts are only available for pre- conference and/or conference paid registrants. A link will be provided to secure your discounted Disneyland park tickets after paid registration. These special ticket prices are not available once you arrive at the Resort. Tickets valid from August 13, 2015 thru August 24, 2015. The ticket store closes at 9:00 PM PST on August 16, 2015 so don’t delay.
April 28th, 2015
Forty years ago a group of women, Republican and Democrat, met in Sacramento. They decided that more women should be involved as appointees of the Governor. They strategized, recruited and presented then Governor Jerry Brown with a “binder” full of resumes of women who wanted to serve. Governor Brown did appoint women to his administration that year and it started a commitment from the leaders of then California Elected Women’s Association (CEWAER), now California Women Lead, to continue inspiring women to consider public service through appointed office.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 it was with great pride that California Women Lead came full circle and hosted a reception, with Governor Brown, honoring women appointees in his current administration. To look at the crowd of women leaders, who are now serving, it was humbling to know the impact the group of women had so many years ago. Women from across the state joined First Lady Anne Gust Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and CA Women Lead State Board President Fiona Ma as we applauded and celebrated women in public service.
To all of our members, our supporters and to the women who have served, serve or are waiting to serve in appointed office – THANK YOU! Thank you for your commitment to California and to making our state a great place live.
We are honored to share with you photos from this historic event – the first time any Governor has honored all of his women appointees at one time. We are humbled by the service of women across the state who are devoting their time to public service.
Thank you Governor Brown for your partnership not only today, but forty years ago, in inspiring and supporting women in leadership. And a special thank you to Governor Brown’s Appointments Secretary, Mona Pasquil, for her tireless work in inspiring women to serve.
Click here to read Governor Brown’s letter to the honorees.
On behalf of the California Women Lead State Board of Directors, past and present, we are proud to continue the great tradition of the founders of this organization and will continue our mission to ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT women throughout the state.
Click here to read CA Women Lead’s letter to the honorees.
We also wanted to give a special thanks to our event sponsors whose contributions and support helped make this historic evening possible!
Appointed Women’s event 4.21.15 CAWL Brd program letter
California Dental Association
California Nurses Association
California Professional Firefighters
California State Floral Association
California Teachers Association
Redwood Pacific Public Affairs
March 30th, 2015
(through April 7)
Erminja Maganja, Placerville
State Senator Holly Mitchell, Los Angeles
Kara Corches, Sacramento
Lizette Navarette, Sacramento
Stephanie Shah, Sacramento
Alicia Berhow, Irvine
Helen Foster, San Lorenzo
Alisa MacAvoy, Emerald Hills
Suzanne Jones, Granite Bay
Secretary Anna Caballero, Sacramento
Council Member Janet Abelson, El Cerrito
Georgia Zachary, Los Angeles
Tatiana Figueroa Acevedo
Mandy Stathos Latzen, West Sacramento
Melissa Simpson, San Leandro
Council Member Jan Arbuckle, Grass Valley
Christina Romero, Sacramento
Holly Smith, Lincoln
Joy Redmond, Sacramento
Priscilla Johnson, Alameda
Robin Howlett, Sacramento
Jan Arbuckle, Grass Valley
Roxanne Bekemohammadi, Sacramento
Terri Speed, Elk Grove
Renee Simon, Long Beach
Nancy Carroll, Beaumont
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Southern California Edison
BP America, Inc.
State Farm Insurance
Kathryn Austin Scott, Sacramento
Tricia Geringer, Sacramento
Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Fairfield
Jennifer Waggonor, San Francisco
Nancy Skinner, Berkeley
Barbara Ortega, Sacramento
Sheila Dey, Sacramento
Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside
Ramona Chang, Oakland
Paula Lee, Sacramento
Christina Arrostuto, Benicia
Anna Ferrera, Sacramento
Priscilla Vivio, Santa Rosa
Marsha Golangco, Alamo
Cathy Darling Allen, Redding
Cheri Jasinski, Santa Barbara
Erika Hoffman, West Sacramento
Nancy Fox, Wilton
Khydeeja Alam Javid, Sacramento
Martha Cox, Cardiff by the Sea
Donna Damson, San Diego
Kit Wall, Benicia
Tia Gemmell, Sacramento
Councilwoman Babs Sandeen, West Sacramento
Nicole Marcy Bloom, Del Mar
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego
Sandy Smoley, Sacramento
Yolanda Benson, Sacramento
Donna Burke, El Dorado Hills
March 24th, 2015
This one-day conference will give women from throughout the state the skills and tools to be empowered leaders.
Friday, May 8 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation Business Hub (Downtown Business Hub)
1444 Fulton Street | Fresno, CA 93721 map
Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? Join us for California Women Lead’s first Women’s Empowerment Day in Fresno, a one-day event designed to empower women, co-hosted by the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Anna Caballero, Cabinet Secretary, California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. Office Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
- Kristin Olsen, Assembly Minority Leader, California State Legislator
- Loretta Walker, Vice President-External Affairs, Employee Engagement and Communications, AT&T
- Andy Vidak, Senator, California State Legislature
- Connie Conway, former Assembly Minority Lead, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
- Ashley Swearengin, Mayor, City of Fresno
- Margaret Mims, Sheriff, County of Fresno
- Esmeralda Soria, Councilmember, City of Fresno, District 1
- Cassandra Pye, President, 3.14 Communications
- Jann Taber, Communications Director, Office of Senator Andy Vidak
- Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead
- Dora Westerlund, CEO, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
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Online registration is now closed. All tickets are $100 at the door.
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March 20th, 2015
Friday, June 19 | 11:30 AM Registration, 12:00 PM Lunch
The University Club atop Symphony Towers | 750 B Street Suite 3400 |
San Diego, CA 92101 map
Please join the California Women Lead State Board of Directors and local elected and appointed officials for our 18th Annual San Diego Networking Luncheon. This event brings together community leaders from throughout San Diego County.
Online registration now closed.
No tickets sold at the door.
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Sponsorships and table pricing available.
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Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly, State of California
Charlene Zettel, Member, University of California Board of Regents; Member, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Fiona Ma, Member, State Board of Equalization; President, California Women Lead Board of Directors
Susan Davis, Member of Congress, District 53
Scott Peters, Member of Congress, District 52
Juan Vargas, Member of Congress, District 51
Mimi Walters, Member of Congress, District 45
Toni Atkins, Speaker, California State Assembly, District 78
Kristin Olsen, Minority Leader, California State Assembly, District 12
Marty Block, State Senator, District 39
Ben Hueso, State Senator, District 40
Holly Mitchell, State Senator, District 30; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Sharon Runner, State Senator, District 21; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Rocky Chávez, State Assembly Member, District 76
Lorena Gonzalez, State Assembly Member, District 80
Brian Maienschein, State Assembly Member, District 77
Marie Waldron, State Assembly Member, District 75
David Alvarez, Councilmember, City of San Diego
Marilyn Buchi, Trustee, Fullerton Joint UHSD; CA Women Lead Board of Directors
B. Teri Burns, Trustee, Natomas Unified School District; CA Women Lead Board of Directors
Chris Cate, Councilmember, City of San Diego
Nancy Chadwick, Trustee, Palomar Community College Governing Board
Myrtle Cole, Councilmember, City of San Diego
Connie Conway, Member, Community College Board of Governors; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Griselda Delgado, Trustee, Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees
Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney, San Diego County
Barbara Elliott-Sanders, Vice President, South Bay Union School District, Board of Trustees
Marne Foster, Trustee, San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees
Todd Gloria, Councilmember, City of San Diego
William Gore, Sheriff, San Diego County
Dianne Jacob, Supervisor, San Diego County
Elizabeth Jaka, Trustee, Vista Unified School District Board of Trustees
Christi Knight, Trustee, Escondido Union High School District Board of Education
Elana Levens-Craig, Trustee, SanteeSchool Board of Trustees
Sherry Ludwig, Trustee, Fallbrook Union High School Board of Trustees
Fiona Ma, Member, State Board of Equalization; President, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Cindy Marks, Member, Modesto City Schools; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Michael McQuary, Trustee, San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees
Paul McNamara, Trustee, Palomar Community College School District Board of Trustees
Jennifer Mendoza, Councilmember, City of Lemon Grove
Janet Mulder, Trustee, Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board of Trustees
Tim Nader, Trustee, Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees
Julie Nygaard, Member, Tri-City Healthcare Board
Nancy Orr, Trustee, Cardiff School District Board of Trustees
Cassandra Pye, Vice President, CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Kimberly L. Quinones, Member, CA Volunteers Commission; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
Barbara Ryan, Trustee, Santee School District Board of Trustees
Mary Casillas Salas, Mayor, City Of Chula Vista
Esther C. Sanchez, Councilmember, City of Oceanside
Casey Tanaka, Mayor, City of Coronado
Julie Union, Trustee, Solana Beach School Board of Trustees
Racquel Vasquez, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lemon Grove
Nora Vargas, Trustee, Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees
Leticia Z. Vizcarra, Trustee, Calexico Unified School District Board of Trustees
Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Councilmember, City of El Centro
Randolph E. Ward, Ed.D, Member, San Diego County Board Of Education
Charlene Zettel, Member, UC Board of Regents; CA Women Lead State Board of Directors
SUSTAINING EVENT PARTNER
March 13th, 2015
Wednesday, April 16 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
25884 Business Center Drive, Suite H
Redlands, CA 92373 map
Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission? Want to know more about how the process works? How do you access the application? Where to find vacancies? How do you navigate the process? Who can help?
Please join California Women Lead and the East Valley Association of REALTORS® for an appointments training to learn the process that one should take to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. With the number of women in local government decreasing, we want to empower women to apply for appointments to reach gender equality on boards and commissions. Women and men are both welcome to join us and be part of the movement.
- Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor Edmund G.
- Marc Steinorth, Member, California State Assembly
- Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead; current Gubernatorial Appointee