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Women in the Workplace

Gender Equality Principles Initative

Gender Equality Principles Initiative - The Department has teamed up with Calvert Asset Management and Verite to create the Gender Equality Principles to provide private sector entities with the tools they need to create gender equitable workplaces. Visit the interactive website to find out more.

Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices:

On January 30, the Gender Equality Council hosted "Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices," the first event in the 21st Century Workplace Series. This innovative forum brought together more than 110 Bay Area leaders to discuss gender responsive workplace policies. Photos, video, and event summary coming soon. More information here.

SF Chronicle Article:  City, private companies team to discuss women leaders in the workplace-- or the lack of them


Resources for Women in Work

Recruitment of Women in Non-Traditional Fields - Despite laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment, women are still underrepresented in traditionally male dominated occupations. The Department offers these recruitment strategies and resources, compiled from a list of organizations whose focus is on increasing the number of women in non-traditional occupational areas.

Resources for Older Women in the Workplace Brochure (pdf)



Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Polices & Practices Survey Report - Conducted in 2000, this report identifies the tools City departments have developed to promote work-life balance among employees.

EVENT: White House Summit on Working Families

On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor, and the Center for American Progress hosted a Summit on Working Families to discuss 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. 

SF Chronicle: President Obama Supports Paid Maternity Leave

NPR: If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid to Ask, Consider Moving 

The Business Case for the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition

Join the conversation: #FamiliesSucceed


FORUM:  Unfinished Business in San Francisco

In their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. 

On February 12, 2014, Ms. Milkman engaged with San Francisco audience on the topic. Her talk emphasized the benefits of the program, obstacles to workers taking it and next steps in making sure workers and communities benefit from this great law.

Attendees also heard from Bay Area community leaders who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave.

This event is cosponsored by: California Work & Family Coalition, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Healthy Mothers Workplace, UC Berkeley Labor Center, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Equal Rights Advocates.

Join the conversation: #PaidLeaveSF


Sexual Harassment


2009 Stimulus Act

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Act of 2009) is designed to bolster the economy in the current economic crisis. Find out more about where this money goes and if women will benefit:

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