Betsy Butler, Executive Director

Betsy Butler is the Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center and has fought for equality and justice throughout her career. Before joining CWLC, Betsy served in the California State Assembly representing the 53rd Assembly District, which covered coastal Los Angeles. During her tenure in the legislature, she prioritized bills addressing the needs of
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2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the California Women’s Law Center, we thank you for your generous support and partnership in working to secure justice for women and girls throughout California. In celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year, we were proud to recognize Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins at CWLC’s 2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards for their commitment to build a safer, more healthy environment for women and girls throughout the state and across the country. We thank Lilly Ledbetter, Nancy Solomon, Kathy Spillar and Dee Dee Myers for participating in the event and making our celebration even more memorable.

CWLC Speakers Series: The Fight for Equal Pay with Activist Lilly Ledbetter

When Lilly Ledbetter learned she was paid less that her male colleagues, she spoke up – and ultimately prompted President Obama to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009. To continue the discussion on the persistent gender wage gap, we joined Lilly and other expert panelists: Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director, The Williams Institute;
Prof. Brad Sears, Associate Dean of Public Interest, UCLA School of Law; Kathy Spillar, Executive Director, Feminist Majority Foundation; Betsy Butler, Executive Director, California Women’s Law Center (Moderator)

Spring 2019 Newsletter

In this issue… Celebrating CWLC’s 30th Anniversary CWLC 2019 Pursuit of Justice Awards honors Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins on May 29th!  Recognizing Women’s History Month with Women Jurists Advancing Pay Equity with Lilly Ledbetter An Update: CWLC’s Breastfeeding Accomplishments Keeping Domestic Violence Victims Safe: CWLC Training Message from the Executive Director Three
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Assembly Bill 718 (Eggman)

CWLC supports AB 718, which ensures that foster youth are given important documentation and assistance before they exit the foster care system. Read AB 718 Letter of Support. Status: AB 718 was introduced on February 19, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate.

Celebrate with us on May 29 for CWLC’s 30th Anniversary and Pursuit of Justice Awards

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California Courts

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Denim Day 2019: Are You Wearing Denim?

Wear your jeans with a purpose tomorrow. Join Peace Over Violence and millions of people around the world on April 24, to don denim in support of sexual assault survivors and send the message that sexual violence will not be tolerated. This now-annual Denim Day was sparked 20 years ago when Italian Supreme Court justices overturned
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Assembly Bill 555 (Gonzalez)

CWLC supports AB 555, which would require employers to allow employees to use five or more paid sick days without wage loss or retaliation, reducing the financial impact of unexpected illness on California’s working families. Read AB 555 Letter of Support. Status: AB 555 was introduced on February 14, 2019 and sent to the inactive file
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Senate Bill 673 (Morrell) – OPPOSE

CWLC opposes SB 673, which will change the current opt-out process for sexual education in schools for students below seventh grade to an onerous opt-in provision and will add unnecessary inspection requirements. Read SB 673 Letter of Opposition. Status: SB 673 was introduced on February 22, 2019 and is currently in the Senate.

Senate Bill 132 (Wiener)

CWLC supports SB 132, which will update state law to require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to classify and house transgender people based on their gender identity. Read SB 132 Letter of Support. Status: SB 132 was introduced on January 14, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly. 

CWLC to Honor Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins at 2019 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Acosta annamaria@annflowepr.com 310.903.0319         CWLC to Honor Dianne Feinstein, Chris Hollinger, and Cindy Robbins at 2019 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Awards 30th Anniversary Awards to take place on Wednesday, May 29   (Los Angeles, CA) – For 30 years, the California Women’s Law Center
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Recognizing Dolores Huerta Day!

CWLC is proud to recognize Dolores Huerta Day, celebrating Ms. Huerta’s 89th birthday! A lifelong advocate for social justice and equality on behalf of workers, immigrants, women and youth, Ms. Huerta emerged as an organizer and civil rights leader at an early age, launching the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962. As
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Assembly Bill 865 (Reyes)

CWLC supports AB 865, which will ensure foster youth who have been trafficked are placed with families who have received culturally appropriate training on human trafficking. Read AB 865 Letter of Support. Status: AB 865 was introduced on February 20, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate.

Senate Bill 135 (Jackson)

CWLC supports SB 135, which will ensure job protection for more Californians who take leave under the state’s Paid Family Leave Program. Read SB 135 Letter of Support. Status: SB 135 was introduced on January 15, 2019 and was ordered to the inactive file on request of Senator Jackson on May 30, 2019. 

Assembly Bill 732 (Bonta)

CWLC supports AB 732, which will improve reproductive health care for incarcerated people. Read AB 732 Letter of Support. Status: AB 732 was introduced on February 19, 2019 and is currently in the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 628 (Bonta)

CWLC supports AB 628, which will extend employment protections to survivors of sexual harassment and their families. Read AB 628 Letter of Support. Status: AB 628 was introduced on February 15, 2019 and was refused passage out of the Assembly on May 29, 2019. Motion to reconsider was made by Assembly Member Bonta on May 29,
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Assembly Bill 539 (Limon)

CWLC supports AB 539, which will prohibit the practice of charging unaffordable interest rates for consumer loans of $2,500 – $10,000. Read AB 539 Letter of Support. Status: AB 539 was introduced on February 13, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate.

Assembly Bill 194 (Reyes)

CWLC supports AB 194, which will improve access to affordable child care for low-income families. Read AB 194 Letter of Support. Status: AB 194 was introduced on January 10, 2019 and is currently in the Senate.

Assembly Bill 1434 (Kalra)

CWLC supports AB 1434, which will require the state increase its maximum Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) aid payment to an amount that equals 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Read AB 1434 Letter of Support. Status: AB 1434 was introduced on February 22, 2019 and is currently held under submission.

Senate Bill 233 (Wiener)

CWLC supports SB 233, which will prohibit the arrest of individuals engaged in sex work when they report sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes. SB 233 also clarifies that possession of condoms cannot be used as cause to arrest someone for this type of work. Read SB 233 Letter of Support. Status: SB 233
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Senate Bill 268 (Wiener)

CWLC supports SB 268, which will repeal the cash and vehicle asset tests for the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs). Presently, these barriers prevent disadvantaged Californians from saving money and overcoming poverty. Read SB 268 Letter of Support. Status: SB 268 was introduced on February 12, 2019, passed in the Senate and
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Assembly Bill 749 (Stone)

CWLC supports AB 749 which would prohibit harmful “no rehire” clauses in settlement agreements regarding sexual discrimination and harassment claims. Read AB 749 Letter of Support. Status: AB 749 was introduced on February 19, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate. 

Assembly Bill 624 (Gabriel)

CWLC supports AB 624, which will require public and private middle and high schools to issue identification cards with the numbers for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Hotline printed on them, in addition to a number to access reproductive health services. Read AB 624 Letter of Support. Status: AB 624 was
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Assembly Bill 1510 (Reyes)

CWLC supports AB 1510, which will give those sexually assaulted by Dr. George Tyndall the opportunity to pursue their claim in court. Read AB 1510 Letter of Support. Status: AB 1510 was introduced on February 22, 2019 and is currently in the Senate. 

Assembly Bill 378 (Limon)

CWLC supports AB 378, which will grant child care providers the right to unionize and collectively bargain with the State. Read AB 378 Letter or Support. Status: AB 378 was introduced on February 5, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate.

Senate Bill 493 (Jackson)

CWLC supports SB 493, which will ensure that adequate processes are in place for colleges and universities to investigate and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Read SB 493 Letter of Support. Status: SB 493 was introduced on February 21, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly. 

Senate Bill 321 (Mitchell)

CWLC supports SB 321, which will ensure families entering the CalWORKs program receive stable child care. Read SB 321 Letter of Support. Status: SB 321 was introduced on February 15, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly. 

Senate Bill 171 (Jackson)

CWLC supports SB 171, which will help close the gender and race-based wage gaps in California by requiring large employers to submit an annual pay data report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The report would include data about employee compensation and hours worked by gender, race, ethnicity and job category. Read SB 171 Letter
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Equal Access Fund Increase

CWLC supports increasing the Equal Access Fund (EAF) in the Judicial Branch Budget. We join the Legal Aid Association of California in support of Assemblymember Stone’s request urging that the EAF be increased by $20 million (to a total of $40 million). This funding supports the provision of civil legal services for low-income and indigent
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Assembly Bill 1052 (Chu) – Peace Officer Training: Hate Crimes 

CWLC supports AB 1052, which will require peace officers to undergo comprehensive hate crime training.  Read AB 1052 Letter of Support. Status: AB 1052 was introduced on February 21, 2019, passed in the Assembly and is currently in the Senate.

Senate Joint Resolution 4 (Leyva)

CWLC supports SJR 4, which urges the Trump Administration to rescind the recently enacted Title X regulations that will impede access to essential, time-sensitive health care for low-income individuals across California and the rest of the country.  Read SJR 4 Letter of Support. Status: SJR 4 was introduced on March 4, 2019, passed in the Senate and passed in the Assembly. SJR 4 was enrolled on
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Winston & Strawn to Assist Legendary U.S. Women’s Soccer Team in Obtaining Fair Pay

We are proud to share that a team at Winston & Strawn, including the Co-President of the CWLC Board of Directors, Diana Hughes Leiden, is leading the charge for equitable pay on behalf of the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The women’s team has endured years of gender discrimination despite their incredible success on playing
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Senate Bill 234 (Skinner)

CWLC supports SB 234, which will update state law regarding affordable child care. Read SB 234 Letter of Support. Status: SB 234 was introduced on on February 7, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly. 

A Discussion with Women Jurists

A Discussion with Women Jurists   Special thanks to our Co-Hosts Theane Evangelis, Pamela S. Palmer, The Law Offices of Victor L. George, Jones Day, and Chris Hollinger/Sleeping Lion, Inc.                                                    
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Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day

Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of days into 2019 that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women need to work to make what white, non-Hispanic men earned on average in 2018. That means AAPI women must work, on average, two extra months to make up
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CWLC and University of California Irvine to Host Discussion with Pathbreaking Female Jurists During Women’s History Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Acosta annamaria@annflowepr.com 310.903.0319         CWLC and University of California Irvine to Host Discussion with Pathbreaking Female Jurists During Women’s History Month (Los Angeles, CA) – The California Women’s Law Center and University of California Irvine School of Law’s Reproductive Justice Initiative are teaming up to honor and
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Senate Bill 142 (Wiener)

CWLC supports SB 142, which will create a more equitable workplace for women in California by requiring employers to provide support for lactating mothers. Read SB 142 Letter of Support. Status: SB 142 was introduced in January 18, 2019, passed in the Senate and is currently in the Assembly.