Gender Equality News


2018 News

Applications Now Open for the Annual Gender Equality Challenge
The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women wants to know how your organization promotes gender equality in the workplace! Apply now to participate in the 2018 Challenge and have your organization’s policy or program showcased by the City and County of San Francisco as a model practice. Click here for more information on the Challenge and for application instructions. The deadline to submit your model practice is Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

2017 News

Healthy Mothers Workplace Launches 2017 Awards
The Department and its allies in the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition launched year five of the HMW Awards on Monday, October 16, 2017. Check out photos from the ceremony. Mother friendly workplace toolkit now available. More.

2017 Gender Equality Challenge Forum: Accelerating Leadership through Action
On January 27, 2017, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Bay Area Council, and Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women held the 3rd Gender Equality Challenge Forum, hosted by Gap Inc. The event, attended by more than 100 civic, business, and community leaders, featured presentations from Calvert Research and Management and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute as well as inspirational speeches from elected officials Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu, and San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, along with City Administrator Naomi Kelly. Ten employers were recognized for their workplace practices that exemplify the Gender Equality Principles. Each company presented on the inspiration, purpose, and implementation of their practice, sharing measures of success and testimonials. Their representatives then led roundtable sessions where participants discussed the practices in-depth and shared innovative ideas on how to advance gender equality in their own workplaces. A leadership conversation with Peg McAllister, Senior Vice President of Lee Hecht Harrison, and Diana Ruiz, CEO and Founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, rounded off the afternoon. Click here for photos from the event.

2016 News

Mind the Gap: How to Lead on Equal Pay
On April 29, 2016, the Gender Equality Principles Initiative co-sponsored Mind the Gap: How to Lead on Equal Pay, a half-day conference on equal pay organized by the Department on the Status of Women, Gap Inc., the Bay Area Council, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau. The event, which was attended by more than 100 employers, featured speakers from Gap, Glassdoor, Google, Orrick, and Tumml. Following presentations from company representatives on institutional strategies and initiatives to advance pay equity, participants shared their own opportunities and challenges to achieving equal pay and discussed strategies to implement at their own organizations.

Applications Open for the Annual Gender Equality Challenge
The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women is now accepting applications for the Annual Gender Equality Challenge. The Challenge recognizes companies and showcases model practices to advance gender equality in San Francisco and to improve the working environment for all women and men. Read about prior years' submissions and click here to learn more about how to submit your application! Deadline to apply: Friday, September 30, 2016.

2015 News

On March 11, 2015, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women hosted a series of panels at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women held in conjunction with the meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women each year. The first of three panels, “A Toolkit to Advance Women in the Workplace: New Research, Online Tools, and Innovative Policies from San Francisco and Beyond” highlighted the Gender Equality Principles (GEP) initiative as set of standards and measures of gender equality in the workplace and the Challenge as a way to share model practices. Among the speakers were Julie McKay of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, who shared methods of engaging men in gender equality efforts, Bennett Freeman of Sustainability Research & Policy at Calvert Investments, who spoke about the power of shareholders to advance gender equality, and Julia Parish of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, who presented on encouraging employers in improving family-friendly policies through the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition.

2014 News

GEP Council Launches Year Two of the Gender Equality Challenge

Successfully recruiting additional women to the board of directors, delivering women’s health education on the factory floor, convening of a parent chat group to enable law associates to come out of the closet as parents. These were among the top 10 corporate programs recognized in the 2013 Gender Equality Challenge. Read about prior years' submissions.

White House Summit on Working Families
During June in Washington D.C., the White House, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress hosted a Summit on Working Families. Leading up to this national event, the Department of Labor hosted forums across the United States to identify initiatives that benefit America’s working families, businesses and economy.

Department Co-Sponsors Workforce Training for CA Women Veterans
During July, Swords to Plowshares and the Department co-sponsored the SF Women Veterans NetWork, a workforce training day for women veterans in the Bay Area. This training informed and energized job-ready women veterans to identify and achieve their career goals and participate in peer- and career-based support networks. 

Gender Equality Council Member Advocates at UNHRC Session, Geneva
Legislative Director Elizabeth Laferriere was in Geneva in March to advocate for U.S. compliance with civil and economic protections for women under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Ms. Laferriere educated UNHRC delegates on the legal and social situation of women workers in the United States with help from the Department's Report on Sex-Based Discrimination in the American Workplace. Check out the Department's factsheet and the written statement of the USHRN's gender discrimination working group. Ms. Laferriere's presentation to the COSW is also available for download. 

2013 News

Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices

The first event in the 21st Century Workplace Series, "Honoring Progress" brought together more than 100 Bay Area leaders for a conversation around the implementation (and direction) of gender-responsive workplaces. This event was cosponsored by the SF Department on the Status of Women and Calvert Investments in partnership with the Bay Area Council, the Institute for Women's Leadership, and Assemblymember Phil Ting. Photos, video, and summary coming soon. More information here.

Firms Taking Gender Equality Challenge. 
The Initiative's Ann Lehman discusses the Gender Equality Challenge with Vitamin W.

Roundtable on Trafficking, Supply Chains, & Gender
Click here for a summary with links to handouts from our May roundtable.

Successful Launch of the Gender Equality Challenge
The Gender Equality Challenge was launched on April 15, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall. Supervisors David Chiu, Malia Cohen, and David Campos joined leaders from the Department on the Status of Women (DOSW), San Francisco companies, and many more to usher in this exciting new initiative. Learn more about the Challenge and look through photos from the event on Facebook.

What is the Gender Equality Principles Initiative?
Listen to a KQED interview with Ann Lehman, Policy Director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

2012 News

Representatives of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women traveled to Milan, Italy to accept the 2012 International Work-Life Balance Award for the Gender Equality Principles Initiative on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco. The honor is awarded jointly by the Lombardy Regional Government of Italy, the most populous and productive region in the country with Milan as its capital, and the Altis Graduate School of Business at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the largest private university in Europe. With awards for each continent, the San Francisco Initiative was selected as the best project from the American continent from among 147 total entries, in part because of the initiative’s innovative use of technology tools to assess workplace fairness and offer best practices.


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