The California Women’s Law Center works to ensure, through systemic change, that life opportunities for women and girls are free from unjust social, economic, and political constraints.
- Oppression can be eliminated only by addressing the institutional and systemic causes of that oppression.
- A model of legal advocacy that emphasizes education, outreach and community organizing, as well as litigation is the best way to affect change.
- Women and girls suffer harm as a result of multiple characteristics, including race, sexual orientation, age, class and disability. The injustices that may be a result of these characteristics are complex and cannot be addressed effectively without recognizing their relationship to one another.
- Despite many differences, fundamentally all women have something in common and we strive to identify the goals and strategies that work for the common good of all women and girls.
- Lasting change is only possible when women and girls are empowered to be their own best advocates.
- Collaboration with others is essential in order to accurately identify the ways in which institutions harm women and girls and to effectively design a remedy for that harm.
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