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.
Check out some other ways we are championing women and their families!
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. In October 2020, The California Partners Project released their first report, Claim Your Seat, the first comprehensive analysis tracking the shift in gender representation on California boards since the law changed in 2018. In November 2020, their second report was released, Are the Kids Alright?, in partnership with the Child Mind Institute, to take a deep look at how teens are coping with loss, social isolation, and increased media use during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
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!