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.
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.
Supporters celebrated when a bill allowing for physician-assisted suicide in California was signed into law. But the tactics used to pass the law will likely delay its implementation.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed off an agreement with two of California’s labor unions.
California children under the age of 2 will now be required to ride in rear-facing child seats. That was one of several bills signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.