CAlifornia Women's Agenda


"Education is a human right and an essential tool for achieving the goals of equality, development and peace."

Kathleen Cha, President, SF Communicators Network
Olivia Puentes-Reynolds
Mexican American Women's National Association (MANA)


The Task Force on Education works to transform the educational system into a learning environment that is rooted in caring and respect to ensure that all women fulfill their potential as human beings. Every girl and woman will have access to the resources she needs to achieve her spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional potential throughout her lifetime, regardless of her disability, culture, ethnicity, religion, linguistic heritage, socio-economic status or gender identity.

California must provide the resources and mandate for a lifelong, safe, accessible and relevant learning environment that empowers all students, and must transform the structure of education to enable each girl and woman to reach her full potential for full and equal participation in society.


California women must work to:


At the National level, California women must encourage Congress to ratify CEDAW; pass the Vocational Education act; continue funding for higher education; renew the Youth Development Block Grant; provide assistance from DOE for children of migrant workers, and urge support for teen mothers.

State Legislative bodies must be urged to ensure funding for and compliance with Title IX; provide summer training for teachers, and encourage the DOE to integrate CAWA into teacher certification process.

Local Legislative bodies and the community should seek and support proposals designed to address CAWA priorities, ensure effective oversight of grant recipients, fund inservice training in gender equity.

To add your voice to the California Task Force Report on Education, read the full text of the report. Then send comments on what has happened in your region and recommendations to:

Use the side bar on the left to navigate to other Task Force Reports. Otherwise, downloading the entire CAWA Report at once requires Acrobat Reader.

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