The Office of the First Partner is dedicated to furthering the cause of gender equity in California, and lifting up women and their families by ensuring that women can thrive both at work and at home. Take a look at our key initiatives below.
The California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates, and enlightens people about California’s rich history, diversity, and unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art, and culture. The Office of the First Partner has partnered with the museum to uplift remarkable California women who have made their mark on our state, and to ensure that their stories are told, celebrated, and shared. Check out some of our signature events with the museum below:
California Votes For Women
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of California’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, the First Partner hosted “A Golden State Suffrage Centennial”– a day-long celebration of educational events for hundreds of families across the state. To cap off the day, Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the First Partner at the California Museum for a discussion on the importance of a women’s right to vote and our progress over the last 100 years.
California Hall of Fame
Since 2006, the Governor and the First Partner have partnered with the California Museum to celebrate some of California’s most notable visionaries by inducting them into the California Hall of Fame. In 2019, we had the pleasure of honoring an extraordinary group of inductees – and for the first year ever, the nominees were 50% women! To learn more about California’s Hall of Fame, click here.
Check out some other ways we are championing women and their families!
As parents to four young children, both the Governor and First Partner know that when we support parents and families, we are supporting our future. In 2019, the Administration announced expansions in the California Earned Income Tax Credit and paid family leave, increases in affordable childcare, and a repeal of the taxes on diapers and tampon products. As we navigate the new impacts of COVID-19, the Governor and First Partner are keeping the Parent’s Agenda front and center, continuing to prioritize the issues that impact our California parents and families.
The First Partner has visited communities around the state to champion CalEITC, a cost of living refund that helps working families put money back into their pockets. In 2019, California expanded the CalEITC so people making up to $30,000 per year now qualify, and we added a NEW Young Child Tax Credit for families with children under the age of 6. To learn more about CalEITC and if you might qualify, visit CalEITC4me.org and take a quick peek at the video!
California Partners Project
In January 2020, the First Partner co-founded The California Partners Project, an organization focused on increasing women’s representation in leadership in California, and ensuring that our state’s media and technology industries are a force for good in the lives of all children. For information about the California Partners Project, a 501(c)(4) organization, please visit: calpartnersproject.org. The California Partners Project is a nongovernmental organization, and its website is not an official government website.