Event: Women & Equality Panel – How will Prop. 16 impact women?
Date/Time: Sunday Sep. 13 at 5pm
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California is home to many powerful and successful women, with institutional support of cultural empowerment, equal opportunity, and economic viability.
In California, women have accomplished tremendously in the last 24 years. They outperform men in many areas:
- California has the narrowest gender pay gap and the strongest Equal Pay Act in the nation:
- California is ranked #1 with the narrowest gender pay gap with women earning 89% on the dollar, according to a 2018 AAUW report.
- Since January 1, 2017, California has also adopted the strongest Equal Pay Act among the 50 states and exceeded the bar set by the Federal Equal Pay Act. As more and more companies change their practices to comply with the California Equal Pay Act, the gender pay gap will continue to shrink.
- Women make up the majority of the law profession in California:
- Over 60% of those who passed the bar exam in 2019 were women and the number continues to grow steadily.
- The law profession is majority female among Asian, Blacks, Middle Eastern/North Africans, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.
- Women make up the majority of college degree earners in California:
- Over 56% of all undergraduates enrolled in California colleges and universities are women.
- Once enrolled, women are more likely to graduate than men.
- 61% graduated in 6 years versus 57% for men.
- Over 52% of California adults between18 and 64 with at least a bachelor’s degree are women.
- Women dominate professions that emphasize human interactions and compassion:
- From K-12 educators, to nurses, to social workers, the overwhelming majority are women.
- California women-owned businesses generate $318.2 billion annually :
- California ranks No. 1 nationally in the number of women-owned firms.
It is through the culture of meritocracy and leveled playground that Californian women have succeeded and thrived. At a time when women are outperforming men in many areas, safeguarding true equality under the law has become a paramount mission!
Prop. 16 will remove the following text from the California Constitution:
“The state SHALL NOT discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
Prop. 16 will backtrack us to the 1960s when negative stereotypes against women abounded. Specifically, government-sanctioned gender preferences and discrimination could handicap women’s ambition and success in the areas we excel.
Join the Women & Equality Panel on Sunday 9/13 at 5pm to celebrate Californian women’s impressive accomplishments under the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment. Get ready to be inspired by our wonderful panelists, who are attorneys, elected officials, educators, business women and scholars.
- Professor Gail Heriot, University of San Diego law professor, Co-Chair of Californians for Equal Rights, a member of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
- Dr. Althea Nagai, Research Fellow of Center for Equal Opportunity
- Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine, 28 years on Irvine City Council, named “Leaders of the Year”, “Women of the Year”, “Most Influential Women in Orange County”. Irvine Mayoral reelection – www.christinashea2020.com
- Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District Board Member, 16-year Realtor and “Woman of Distinction” award recipient, candidate for State Senate D23 – ochoaboghforsenate.com
- Peggy Huang, Yorba Linda City Council, candidate for Congress D45, Deputy Attorney General – peggyforcongress.com