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Policy & Politics

California’s paid family leave program is a national model. Shouldn’t state workers get it, too?
August 27, 2017 – Sacramento Bee

In one of the lesser-known ironies of California’s nationally recognized paid family leave law, the program is not offered as a benefit to the majority of the State of California’s own employees.

How long will women have to wait for pay equity?
June 25, 2017 – Sacramento Bee

A woman taking a job today with the State of California might close out her career before the state achieves gender pay equity.

Is rigged research widening the state’s gender pay gap?
June 18, 2017 – Sacramento Bee

Successful collective bargaining by powerful, and mostly male, public safety unions has helped perpetuate the gap pay gap between men and women who work for the State of California.

Women are paid less than men even in government jobs. Even in California. Why?
June 11, 2017 – Sacramento Bee

California laid the groundwork in 1981 for closing the gender pay gap for state employees, but has been far less successful than Minnesota.

Professional women asking why state undervalues, underpays their work
April 2, 2017 – Sacramento Bee

California has failed to implement pay equity for state workers, despite a law establishing the clear intent of the State Legislature that women be paid equal wages for work of comparable value.

Trump should follow some of George Washington’s rules about manners
Sacramento Bee – January 25, 2017

As a young man, George Washington transcribed and committed to heart 110 rules of etiquette that guided his outlook on life and governance. Our 1st president’s advice for our 45th couldn’t be more clear: Manners matter.

UC Regents Need to Push for Gender Parity at the Top
Sacramento Bee – September 11, 2016

Chancellor Linda Katehi’s resignation last month from the University of California, Davis, had an unintended outcome: Only one of 10 UC campuses is now led by a woman. The UC Regents have the political power to break the ivory tower’s glass ceiling.

Five New Female Presidents Transform Leadership at CSU
Sacramento Bee – June 12, 2016

Through the appointment of five women in the short span of four months, CSU leaders pushed the percentage of women campus presidents close to the glass ceiling’s breaking point.

Mayoral Candidates Need to Debate Women’s and Girls’ Issues
Sacramento Bee – April 9, 2016

There’s a hot mayor’s race in Sacramento, and more debate is needed on issues like child care, sexual harassment, appointments to boards and commissions.

In Richmond, Race and Gender Really Do Matter
Bay Area News Group/Contra Costa Times – March 4, 2016

Health equity programs like Health in All Policies in Richmond, California, are undertaking critically important work, but need to focus on both race and gender to understand and address individual and community health.

California Lawmakers Must Adapt to Changing Families
Sacramento Bee – January 26, 2016

Governor Brown and other California lawmakers have not yet fully envisioned and addressed how the changing composition of California’s families will slowly drag down the economy unless we make strategic changes to our workplaces, schools, and public services.

California State University Needs More Women Presidents
San Jose Mercury News – November 2, 2015

The appointment of a woman president at San Jose State University could have profound ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley and the CSU system.

Can Women Ever Influence Catholic Doctrine?
Sacramento Bee – October 10, 2015

Pope Francis should be lauded for his leadership to protect our planet and empower the poor — but don’t count on him to shatter the stained glass ceiling.

Personal Essays

Indivisible: A Thanksgiving Essay – November 18, 2016

Our recent Presidential contest cleaved our country into red and blue, and made many of us wonder if our nation might be permanently divided.

From Coma to Connection: Why I protect my hearing – October 13, 2016

Thirty years ago, I emerged from a spinal meningitis coma, with doctors fighting to save my hearing with massive doses of prednisone. . . . To say it was a stressful time for me — and my new husband — would be an understatement.