While California is typically viewed as a liberal state, advocates says there are still things that could be done to make it friendlier toward women.
Kate Karpilow is Executive Director of The California Center for Research on Women and Families, which helps develop policy objectives.
“It seems to me that the women’s movement may not be as prominent as it used to be, 20 years ago," she said. "But, certainly, there’s still a need, with the changing media, with the changing institutions, to looks at things with a gendered lens, because there are still deep divisions and a need to provide equal opportunities.”
Karpilow said legislation is pending that would address the backlog of untested rape kits in California and address poverty and compliance with Title IX.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionThursday, February 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenTuesday, February 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
A man drew a weapon during routine security screening at the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center and was shot by police, Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said at a news conference. No officers were injured, he added.