TOMORROW: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber 

The panel follows a workshop for college women to ensure that they are getting paid fairly at every step of their careers.

SACRAMENTO – First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a discussion on equal pay and gender equality in the workforce hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus tomorrow, joining New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Black Caucus and Vice Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

The event will also feature a “know your rights workshop” from Equal Rights Advocates, and the launch of #EqualPayCA: College Edition resources designed to help college students across California achieve pay equity at every step of their careers. A typical woman loses hundreds of thousands of dollars over her lifetime to the wage gap, but one study showed that negotiating a pay bump in your first job can increase lifetime earnings by over one million dollars.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Media must be in place by 6:45 p.m.

Where: California State University, Sacramento, University Library, Carlsen Center, Room 1520, 6000 J St Sacramento, CA 95819

Who: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning journalist and author Elaine Welteroth, and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber.

**NOTE: This event is open to credentialed media and registered guests only, reporters interested in attending must RSVP to by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019.


Launched in April, #EqualPayCA is a groundbreaking, statewide initiative led by the Office of the First Partner and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) focused on closing the pay gap through proactive business commitments, public education and awareness campaigns and the distribution of new employee and employer resources created by CCSWG’s Pay Equity Task Force formed after the passage of SB358 (HBJ). Over 30 companies have signed on to the California Pay Equity Pledge to date, committing to conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, review hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers and promote best practices that will close the pay gap to ensure fundamental equity for all workers.

For more information about #EqualPayCA, click here.


Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, advocate, thought leader, and the First Partner of California. She wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation and the 2015 documentary The Mask You Live In, and recently premiered her third film, The Great American Lie. She founded The Representation Project in 2011, a nonprofit that uses film and media to challenge limiting gender stereotypes.

Jennifer’s films have been seen by over 28 million people worldwide, and The Representation Project’s social action hashtag campaigns have reached more than 650 million people. The Representation Project is responsible for single-handedly shifting the norm of sexist Super Bowl ads with the #NotBuyingIt campaign. Similarly, their #AskHerMore campaign transformed the sexist reporting on the red carpet, and empowered women in Hollywood to address inequalities in the industry, giving early momentum to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.