SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly radio address, Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Academy Award-winning actor and Chair of the California’s Commission of the Status on Women (CCSW) Geena Davis along with commissioners Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) announced plans to re-establish funding and restructure the CCSW. More than a dozen members of the legislative women’s caucus, along with CCSW commissioners joined the group in support of the announcement. The Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan state agency which continues to be an effective statewide public policy body for proposals to address women’s issues in the public domain and with the Governor, the Legislature and other policymakers.
This week's English address is 7:06
Website of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker/
Website of Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal: www.asmdc.org/lowenthal
Announcer: In a move to re-establish funding and restructure the California Commission on the Status of Women, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez joined Academy Award-winning Actress and commission Chair Geena Davis, as well as Commissioners Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal and Senator Noreen Evans to announce the transfer of $150,000 in funds from the State Assembly to the Commission.
The new funding comes as the result of cuts made to the Assembly’s operating budget.
Speaker Pérez: “The Assembly is transferring savings from cuts that we made to our operating budget in order to provide support for the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In total the Assembly will transfer $150,000 that has been saved cutting our operating budget. This money will ensure that the Commission remains operational this year and allows for a reasonable transition as it remakes itself.”
Announcer: The commission was established by Governor Pat Brown 40 years ago, and it has been a leading force in changing policies in order to advance women’s issues…
Speaker Pérez: “For more than 40 years, as established by Governor Pat Brown, the Commission on the Status of Women has been a leading voice in advocating for policy changes that will help women and girls in California. The Commission has advanced policies that affect women in a number of areas, especially in issues like pay disparity and it’s clear that today there is still a great need for the Commission as a voice and advocate for issues impacting women and families.”
Announcer: Speaker Pérez cites findings from a recent Mt. Saint Mary’s College report that shows that disparities between women and men are still a reality. The report shows even greater disparities for Latinas and African American women.
Speaker Pérez: “Women in California only make 84 cents on the dollar for every dollar earned by men. That disparity is even greater for Latinas and African American women, who earn 59 cents and 68 cents respectively for every dollar earned by the average man in California. And while women are graduating from California colleges and universities at a higher rate than men, they start lagging behind male counterparts in fields of science and math and in their advancement in those fields. And in fact, until there is gender equity in corporate board rooms, in the State Legislature, in Congress and in all offices of power, we cannot ignore this problem.”
Announcer: Commission Chair Geena Davis says that she’s thrilled to be the new chairwoman because she has been a living witness to the Commission’s role in making a difference in California society
Geena Davis: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in this game changing announcement that will re-establish the Commission. Once again, I’d like to sincerely thank Speaker Pérez for his leadership and the California State Assembly for making this a priority and for finding funds to get the Commission back in operation.”
Announcer: Ms. Davis says that California has played a key role for the advancing of the future of women…
Genna Davis: “As we’ve heard from the Speaker, the state of California has played a key role in advancing the future of women. While we have made great strides, there are still significant gender gaps that exist in the state of California, and of course, in our society at large.”
Announcer: Ms. Davis says that the Commission is restructuring to create and pursue public-private funding for its work…
Genna Davis: “The Commission is restructuring to create and pursue public private funding opportunities to advance and sustain the work of the Commission. We will focus our attention on five key areas: business, health and safety, education, gender equality in the media, and women and families in the military.”
Announcer: Assemblymember Lowenthal praised the Speaker’s role in securing the funding necessary to keep the Commission afloat and his willingness to always work on behalf of women’s issues…
Assemblymember Lowenthal: Until this man, standing right here, who has always been a dependable ally to women’s causes, responded to our need? And now, thanks to that response, we are here to announce a new day for the Commission. Not just a few days of retrieve from the budget ax, but a real, new day to reinvent and re-emerge as a more nimble, more focused, and more committed Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.”
Announcer: Sarah Shealy, Assistant Professor at Mt. St. Mary’s College and one of the report authors says that women are a diverse group and play a very important role in the economy of California
Sarah Shealy: “Women play a critically important role in the California economy, 62% of women work full time outside the home. However, women have not yet reach parity with men in job status or earnings compared with men working in similar fields, women earn less. Overall, women earn 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man, for African American women this figure is 68 cents and for Latinas, 59 cents.”
Announcer: The report also mentioned that California women and girls face significant challenges at home, school and in the workplace.
Sarah Shealy: “The gaps between men and women start with education. While women earn more degrees from California colleges and universities than men, we are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math. Across the board, women more commonly work in lower status, lower paying jobs. However, California women lead the nation in owning their own businesses. The data show that California women and girls face significant challenges and barriers at home, in school, and in the workplace. The persistent gaps in education, employment, income, and health status are troubling. The data in this report are a call to action.”
Announcer: Speaker Pérez summed it up saying that young women look up to us, and we should not stand still and do nothing while policies that affect women negatively need to be addressed…
Speaker Pérez: “We all know young women who are looking up to us to ensure they get a fair shake as they follow their own ambitions and dreams and I refuse to stand idly by because I know their voices need to be heard. The Assembly’s transfer of savings will ensure that the Commission continues to be an effective advocate for policies that will address these critical issues. We’ve been forced to make a number of difficult budget decisions to close out our on-going structural deficit, but it’s clear that the Commission’s work is not complete and we cannot afford to lose the critical voice on issues impacting women and girls and their families in California and that’s why I’m so pleased to be able to keep the commission up and running under the dynamic leadership of Geena Davis.”
CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2046
Presidente Pérez y la Actriz Ganadora de un Oscar Geena Davis Anuncian Fondos para la Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer de California
SACRAMENTO– En el mensaje demócrata semanal, el presidente John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) y la actriz ganadora de un Oscar y presidenta de la Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer de California (CCSW) Geena Davis junto a las comisionadas la asambleísta Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) y la senadora Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) anunciaron el plan que restablece los fondos y restructuración de CCSW. Más de una docena de miembros del Caucus de las mujeres también participaron para respaldar la acción. La Comisión Sobre el Estado de la Mujer es una agencia estatal no partidaria la cual continúa siendo una entidad efectiva en los temas y propuestas de políticas públicas de dominio general con el gobernador, las Legislatura y otros diseñadores de políticas públicas.
Portal del presidente de la Asamblea John A. Pérez: http://asmdc.org/speaker
Portal de la asambleísta Bonnie Lowenthal: www.asmdc.org/lowenthal
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