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.
A new California law allows the death certificates of transgendered people to reflect the gender they identified with, rather than their biological sex.
A new law requires smart phones sold in California to come with added protections.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.