Dear Governor Newsom,

Attached is a letter signed by more than 200 community leaders, philanthropists, activists and California residents requesting that you appoint a woman of color to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s Senate seat.

As a champion of gender equity and justice, we are hopeful that you will take this opportunity to recognize the importance of the leadership of women of color in rebuilding and strengthening our democracy. A progressive woman of color committed to gender, racial, and economic justice will be important to move forward a pro-democracy agenda for our nation. …


We are entering a new era.

On a day like today, I am struck by what it means to live into change as it unfolds before us. To participate wholeheartedly in something that is at its best when it belongs to everyone and no one all at once.

So many of us voted. Over 100 million Americans voted early and by mail and tens of millions of us took to the polls yesterday to participate in our imperfect democracy. A record-breaking 11.2 million ballots were cast in advance of election day here in California alone.

We cast our ballots at…


Native Women’s Equal Pay Day and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Courtesy of Equal Pay Today

This month, I lift up again what we already know — there’s not enough funding directed to women and girls, specifically to Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), cis- and trans women, and gender nonconforming people. 2020 has revealed crisis after crisis, clarifying the need to think bigger about the investment and our value of women and girls, especially this month.

Not only is October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we can’t forget that today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day. The lack of accountability for men who commit violence…


Photo of Joe Biden’s potential VP picks courtesy of The New York Times

She’s too young, too ambitious, too strong. When it comes to politics, women, specifically women of color, have been reduced to a stereotype. Instead of focusing on her qualifications, many headlines focus on the candidates’ personality, if she’s well liked, too aggressive, or too embedded in political life. And this year’s vice presidential race is no exception, in fact it proves the rule: electability is tainted by sexism.

That’s why, the Women’s Foundation California is pledging our support to the “We Have Her Back” letter. Signed by NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue, EMILY’s List’s Stephanie Shriock, Time’s Up’s Tina Tchen, Planned Parenthood’s…


A Case Study in Adapting Organizational Policies, Practices and Programs in the Time of COVID

Women’s Foundation California Staff and Board on the now ubiquitous Zoom call.

In every crisis there is opportunity — to adapt, learn, redesign, and restructure towards a better, more sustainable world that centers wellness. At the Women’s Foundation California, our team acted boldly and swiftly to proactively support our staff and community partners as the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changed life as we knew it.

On March 5th I was in Sacramento at an event to celebrate International Women’s History Month at the California Governor’s Mansion. I was invited by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom who encouraged me…

Surina Khan

is the CEO of Women’s Foundation California, which invests in, trains, and connects feminists advancing racial, economic, and gender justice.

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