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Women in the Workplace

Gender Equality Principles Initiative

Three out of four women work in the private sector, which is largely male dominated. The Department has teamed up with Calvert Investments and Verite to create the Gender Equality Principles to provide private sector practical standards to which companies can aspire, and a measure against which they can assess their progress on fundamental issues of gender equality.

The 7 Gender Equality Principles

Gender Equality Principles

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Transforming Workplace Culture: The 2015 Gender Equality Practices

On January 30, 2015, the Department on the Status of Women sponsored and hosted "Transforming Workplace Culture: The 2015 Gender Equality Practices." This innovative forum brought together more than 140 Bay Area leaders to discuss gender responsive workplace policies, including San Francisco Mayor Edwin M Lee, and Supervisors Katy Tang and Scott Wiener.

Mayor Lee at Gender Equality Principles Forum on January 30, 2015
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Gender Equality Principles Board on January 30, 2015
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GEP Challenge in the News

City, private companies team to discuss women leaders in the workplace-- or the lack of them - San Francisco Chronicle (January 2014).

Resources for Women at 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)

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

2014 Directory of Social Services for Women

Join the conversation: #FamiliesSucceed

Sexual Harrassment

Work-Life Balance

Family Friendly Workplaces
Workplace arrangements that offer flexibility and predictability in where, when, how, and what work is performed by employees hold the potential to benefit workers at all levels, especially those with caregiving duties. Numerous research studies have indicated that family friendly workplaces are smart investments because they work in the best interest of the employees as well as the employers. Visit our Family Friendly Workplaces page to find resources and more information.

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.

Equal Pay Advisory Board Agendas

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Past Events

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. 

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


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