H14_Betty_DukesOn July 10, the world lost a magnificent freedom fighter when Betty Dukes died.  The following tribute that I wrote on behalf of ACCW was read at her Memorial Service by Commissioner Phyllis Gordon, a longtime and very close friend of Betty’s.

When Betty Dukes walked into a room, everyone immediately noticed her.  Not because she craved attention.  Not because she made a fuss.  But because she dressed magnificently, smiled brilliantly, and shared warmth and grace with all she met.

Yet Betty Dukes was a fighter.  She fought not only for her own rights, but for those of other women —  more than a million —  who were overlooked and undervalued by Walmart and the Supreme Court.

Betty’s fervent dream of fairness was not granted, yet she remained gracious and loving until the end, which came all too early in her life.  There is a place for her in heaven, a place she always longed to see.

Betty Dukes will be long remembered by those of us who knew her, and who are members of the Association of California Commissions for Women, because her fight is our fight. Her search for rights for women is our search.  Her unfailing journey on the road to justice is our journey too.

As we farewell this wonderful woman, let us all remember Betty Dukes with love and gratitude for her giant step was a step for all of us.  We know that by now, Betty, you have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and kissed your God.  Rest in Peace, your work is done.

Working to Get Things Done in Santa Monica!

This past fiscal year, the Santa Monica COSW focused on a number of challenges facing Women and Girls in our community.  Please click on this link https://youtu.be/HJ3ACf5w_v8o to see what we have accomplished.


Trabajando para hacer las cosas

El pasado año fiscal, el COSW de Santa Mónica se enfocó en una serie de desafíos que enfrentan las mujeres y las niñas en nuestra comunidad. Haga clic en este enlacehttps://youtu.be/HJ3ACf5w_v8o para ver lo que hemos logrado.

#herstory  #SaMoWellbeing  #feminism  #womenpower #girlpower #womenrising #girlsrising

Shay Franco-Clausen onto Victory!

Elevating LGBTQ Leaders, representation is Power!

The Victory Institute, based in Washington DC, is one if the top LGBTQ organizations that works to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office and to provide programming, service and other support, to help ensure their success.

I am excited to announce…I WAS SELECTED!!

I can’t believe I will be one of the 12 LGBTQ Leaders in the United States, that the Victory Institute has chosen to invest in, with training and necessary skills to run for office and WIN. I am so honored and humbly grateful for Victory Institute investing in my leadership and values.

HUGE THANKS to EQCA Leadership Academy, Justine Gonzalez and Allison Smith-VanKuiken for exposing me to this amazing opportunity! #TheFutureIsLGBTQLeaders #LGBTQLeaders #VictoryInstitute #FutureIsFemale

You may wish to send Shay your congratulations, as I do!


Char Bland delivers the Truth to Soroptimists

ACCW’s Vice President delivered this presentation to the Soroptimists Club of Altadena-Pasadena on May 11, 2017

Char presented information on statistics highlighting the differences between men and women on the issues of employment and earnings, housing and homelessness, women veterans, domestic violence and human trafficking, which has become a global epidemic from the Commission on the Status of Women 2015 Report on the Status of Women in Pasadena.

The report highlights four key areas and challenges that Pasadena women face, including:

  • Employment and Earnings – The annual gender earnings gap is $0.91 for women ages 16 and older who works full-time.  When including the salaries of part-time workers, the annual gender earnings gap is significantly larger at $0.79.

There is a bigger disparity in the wages for African American and Hispanic women.

  • Housing and Homelessness – Thirty percent of households are headed by women with no spouse present; women constitute 35 percent of the homeless population; and women constitute 23 percent of the unsheltered homeless adult population. These numbers do not include the boomerang young adults and the older adults that life changes have affected their income.
  • Women Veterans – Women make up only 8 percent of the veteran population but constitute 12 percent of the homeless veteran population.
  • Domestic Violence – Women are victims in 84 percent of the domestic violence cases filed.
  • Today April 26, 2017 is “Denim Day in LA and USA. The Women’s City club has a policy of “no jean”, but in acknowledging Denim Day made an exception to allow attendees to wear “Denim” for the meeting in bringing awareness to violence against women in our communities

The report also includes Los Angeles County statistics on human trafficking, with California reporting 16 percent of human trafficking cases between 2008 and 2012, the highest in the nation, and the county reporting 1,300 trafficking victims between 2010 and 2012. Information from “CAST “ Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking

The City of Pasadena has signed a letter for the SB1193 Implementation ( Human Trafficking

Char, shared “ The Survival Guide” for Individuals, Families and Organizations is a resource guide that focuses on Healthcare, Childcare, Employment opportunities, Government Programs, Housing, Substance Abuse Programs and Transportation. This guide highlights organizations and services that are readily available to provide assistance to Pasadena and surrounding area residents.