Fighting for Women's Equality

Here are the policy reforms Gov. Brown refused to sign in 2017

October 25, 2017 | by

California’s 2017 legislative session brought big policy wins for women, children, and families. Seven priorities of the Stronger California Advocates Network were passed and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown (learn more about them here). 

However, there were three critical policy reforms for California women and girls that Governor Brown refused to sign. 

He refused to require pay data transparency of California businesses – making it harder to ensure pay equity for women.

He refused to prohibit employers from firing employees for their private reproductive health decisions – telling women once again that our private family planning decisions are subject to someone else’s approval. 

And in a move that threatens the rights of students across the state, Governor Brown refused to strengthen Title IX guidance for California schools in the face of federal attacks. Senate Bill 169 would have ensured state-funded schools continue to receive clear, strong guidance for how to respond to sexual violence in education, as they are required to do under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Rather than stand with vulnerable students, Governor Brown echoed the sentiment of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – protecting the accused is more important than believing survivors. Read our statement on the SB 169 veto here. 

Make no mistake, this Title IX legislation will be reintroduced, and ERA will fight over the next year to ensure it becomes law. Because if the federal Department of Education refuses to enforce students’ rights, ERA will.

Learn more about the Stronger California Advocates Network here and stay tuned for more information about our work in 2018. 

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