New Discussion Groups,
Prop C + More 

Issue 7

October 1, 2014

In This Issue...

Note from the Director
Advocacy Update
Member Spotlight
The World of Girls

   African American Girls &
        Access to Educational

   Report on Sexual Assault,
        Ongoing Struggle to
Pass AB 1517
 New Ideas: How to            
Girls in STEM

Girls Speak Out Against
        Sexist Dress Codes
   Advent of Male Birth
 HeforShe - Inviting Men

For Members 

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We've updated the Resources page with (1) African American Girls and Access to Educational Opportunity Report,  (2) Article on Disability and the Women's Movements and (3) Factsheets on AB 2404, local legislation that mandates gender equity in recreational parks. Check it out!

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Alliance Events

Tuesday, October 28
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Women Executive Directors of Color Roundtable
led by Marlene Sanchez 
Women's Foundation of California
340 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wednesday, November 19
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Major Gifts Discussion: Best Practices & Obstacles
led by Emily Wirowek &
      Pat Loomes

Girls Inc. of Alameda County
510 16th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Wednesday, December 10
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
How We Talk About the Social and Health Implications of the Menstrual Cycle with Our Girls
led by Helynna Brooke & 
      Elizabeth Gould
San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds
1380 Howard Street
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Save the Date!                     Thursday, January 22         9:30 am - 12:30 pm               What Does It Mean To Be A Girl: A Discussion on Gender and Gender-Responsive Services            led by the One Circle Foundation 

Community Events 

Wednesday, October 1
Press Conference to Start Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Library of the SFDA's Office
850 Bryant Street #322
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, October 1
Domestic Violence Consortium Celebration
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

Thursday, October 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar: Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum's Teacher Toolkit

Thursday, October 9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar: How Toxic Stress Impacts CA's Children, Families & Communities

Thursday, October 9
7:00 PM
Private Violence Screening
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Friday, October 24
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Day of the Dead as a Result of Domestic Violence
Center for Domestic Peace
734 A Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Events for Girls

Friday, October 10
Last Day to Apply for Casting Call at Community Works West
Application Here
4681 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

Sunday, October 19
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open House
Holy Names High School
4660 Harbord Drive
Oakland, CA 94618

Thursday, October 28
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Career Night
Oasis for Girls
1091 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Note from the Director

Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce our fall events for 2014. We are doing it a little differently this year. Rather than conduct monthly trainings, Alliance for Girls’ members will host monthly discussion groups. These discussions will emphasize connection and troubleshooting rather than learning from a single trainer. Each discussion group is created, hosted and facilitated by an Alliance member.

The discussion groups will not replace Alliance trainings. Rather, our trainings will also change shape. They will be half-day deep-dives focused on critical needs for girls’ organizations and their leaders. I am excited to announce our trainers this year, as their services are truly a gift to the Alliance.

Alliance for Girls is making these programmatic changes for two reasons. (1) We have been surveying and calling members to understand what members need from, and love about, the Alliance. Members responded almost unanimously: connection and relationship-building is paramount. (2) AFG was founded by six leaders who believed in the power of collective impact and collective voice. It is critical to our essence, our success and our survival that members continue to feel ownership of this network. You are Alliance for Girls!

My hope is that these changes will encourage you, our members and community supporters, to build deep and lasting relationships with one another, create innovative and collaborative programs, and be empowered to use the Alliance for Girls platform as a tool for achieving your dreams as a leader, for your girls and for our collective future.

For more information about upcoming discussion groups and trainings, please check the events in the sidebar under “Alliance Events”.


Emma Mayerson
Director of Alliance for Girls

Advocacy Update

Photo: Prop C Campaign Launch

Alliance for Girls Endorses Proposition C!

Together with its membership, Alliance for Girls successfully advocated for “gender-responsive and culturally competent services” and “services to address the needs of girls and LGBTQQ youth” to be included in the San Francisco children’s amendment, a bill that sets aside approximately $50 million annually in the Children’s Fund for youth services. Never before has gender-responsive services and girls’ services been mentioned in the children’s amendment language.

When Alliance for Girls (AFG) launched a member-wide campaign to restore funding to girls’ services from the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) in 2013, AFG realized gender-responsive services and girls’ specific needs were simply not on the radar at the department. 

In November, voters in San Francisco will decide on Proposition C (Prop C). This legislation will put gender-responsive services on the radar. In fact, it will demand that gender-responsive services are always a goal of the fund. This is why Alliance for Girls is endorsing Prop C and supporting the Prop C campaign by joining coalition meetings, attending rallies and speaking out about the importance of this proposition.

If passed, Prop C would reauthorize the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund, guaranteeing $125 million every year for the next 25 years without increasing taxes. Highlights from the legislation include:

  1. Gender-responsive and culturally competent services as a goal of the Children’s Fund
  2. Services that address the needs of girls and LGBTQQ youth specifically identified as an eligible use of the fund
  3. An increase in the percentage of property tax set aside for the Children’s Fund from 3% to 4% over 3 years, maintaining that rate until 2041
  4. The inclusion of services for transitional-aged youth, ages 18 - 24, as an eligible use of the fund

According to recent polling, only an estimated 55% of voters surveyed online were in favor of the measure. This is too close! It will take a community effort to make sure our girls and LGBTQQ youth receive the support they need to thrive.

Take Action! 

Alliance member Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth has produced an informative handout about Prop C with an overall breakdown of funding. Help by sharing it with your networks and informing others about this powerful piece of legislation. Other ways you can help:

  • Sign up for updates at Look for them on Twitter @voteyesonC: and on Facebook:
  • Attend Campaign Committee Meetings. The Prop C Campaign Committee meets every other Thursday from 8:00-9:00am at YMCA on Buchanan. The next meeting is this Thursday, October 2nd.
  • Volunteer to spread literature on Prop C. Since September, groups have been meeting every weekend at 10am to hang door hangers in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Volunteer for an hour or two and help the campaign connect with another 100+ voters.  Upcoming walks: 10/4 Richmond, 10/5 Haight/Duboce Triangle, 10/11 SOMA, 10/12 Sunset. To get involved, please contact Sara Ferree:
  • Follow up on our Take Action tab for updates.
  • Get out the vote! For new San Francisco residents, the last day to register to vote for the November 4th election is October 20th. The last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail is October 28th.

Member Spotlight: Holy Names High School

 Photo: Students volunteering in Salinas to prepare and serve lunch for the homeless and poor at Dorothy's Place

In 8th grade, Kendra Carr, now Dean of Students and Enrollment Manager at Holy Names High School, loved math. So much so that her teacher gave her extra work. However, despite her aptitude for solving math problems, she was always under the impression that boys were smarter and more confident than girls. That all changed when she enrolled in Holy Names High School.

A few years after college, Kendra joined Holy Names as staff. She was proud to work for a school that had taught her confidence, perseverance and a commitment to active citizenship. However, she remembered one missing component while she was there: she had developed confidence as a young woman but not as a woman of color.

Kendra realized there was a need for more role models of color at the school. She decided to become that role model and after years in an administrative position, assumed the role of Dean of Students. Her determination and leadership serves as a visible role model for her students who are often in her office asking for advice and chatting. She is also working to strengthen the Holy Names model of providing a safe, accepting and academically challenging learning environment for girls of every background. Kendra reflects, “Everywhere you look, the girls are running things...I say this all the time: I believe that my students will change the world for the best.”

Collaborate with Holy Names!

Kendra strongly believes in the power of collaboration in order to continue the success of Holy Names. If an Alliance member has insights into funding sources for STEM projects, please connect with Kendra at Holy Names has a Digital Diva internship program that trains girls to speak at teacher professional development trainings, develop tech clubs at local elementary schools and support students in the use of technology in the classroom.

Holy Names High School is also looking for new students who know they have gifts to offer the world and need a place designed for them. At Holy Names, girls excel academically, explore their passions and discover their potential as leaders. If you know a girl who would benefit from a small school community designed to empower girls, send her our way. Our annual fall Open House will be held on Sunday October 19th from 11am to 4pm.

The World of Girls

This section provides links to summaries of relevant current events and research from this past month.

African American Girls & Access to Educational Opportunities:

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Women’s Law Center have produced a new report on African American girls and access to education titled, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity. This report takes a detailed look at the barriers African American girls are facing: racial and gender stereotypes leading to lowered self-esteem, harsher discipline practices and educational disparities across different subjects. Access the full report here.

A Report on Sexual Assault, and the Passing of AB 1517:

According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetimes, the majority of whom are women of color. An estimated 32.3% of multiracial women, 27.5% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 21.2% of non-Hispanic black women, 20.5% of non-Hispanic white women, and 13.6% of Hispanic women were raped during their lifetimes. Among female victims, an estimated 78.7% experienced rape before they turned 25 and an estimated 40.4% experienced rape before turning 18. Read the full study.

Meanwhile, Assembly Bill 1517 (AB 1517) was signed by Governor Brown on Tuesday, September 30th, putting California at the forefront of efforts to set clear timeframes for testing sexual assault evidence. As Assemblywoman and bill co-author Nancy Skinner writes, only 23% of sexual assault cases in California result in the arrest of the suspected perpetrator. Crime labs often fault expense as the reason for their negligence, which can range from $500 to $1500 per kit, but the total cost of a single sexual assault case without mandatory testing of rape kits is estimated at $370,000. Thank you, Alliance members and supporters, for sending your letters to the Governor!

New Ideas: How to Support Girls in STEM:

edSurge recently published an article by writer and journalist Annie Murphy Paul on why there is “No Need to Teach Girls Differently Online.” Paul challenges the notion that there needs to be different curriculum and instructional methods for girls in STEM and, instead, urges educators to focus on the environment in which girls are learning both in digital and physical classrooms. In particular, educators need to address girls’ psychological sense of belonging that is often lacking in STEM environments. Read the full article.

Girls Speak Out Against Sexist Dress Codes:

In New Jersey, eighth grader Frankie Lindsay and three of her friends at South Orange Middle School spoke out against their school’s dress code, spurring a widespread movement against society’s inclination to regulate the way girls and young women dress. Fed up with the school’s repeated reminders targeting its female students to dress appropriately, Lindsay and her friends took matters into their own hands and called out the school for seeing girls’ bodies as distractions. They formed the group #Iammorethanadistraction to combat the notion that female students’ appearances disturb the learning environment. Read more and check out the #Iammorethanadistraction movement on Twitter.

Advent of Male Birth Control:

By 2017, a product that could forever change the reproductive landscape may be offered. Vasalgel is a reversible, non-hormonal male birth control produced and being tested by the Parsemus Foundation. If it becomes readily available, Vasalgel could dramatically change our understanding of sexual and reproductive health, shifting the focus from convoluted, potentially harmful contraceptive methods in women's bodies to something relatively simple in men's bodies. It could substantially reduce unintended pregnancies as well as prevent women and teens from experiencing side effects of birth control. Read more...

HeforShe - Inviting Men to Participate in the Women's Movement:

Emma Watson, newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, launched the HeforShe campaign on September 20th, 2014. The HeforShe campaign invites men and boys to sign a pledge as supporters of the movement for gender equality. In less than a month over 160,000 men have signed the pledge. Her speech at the UN promoting the campaign has triggered both praise and criticism worldwide, prompting debate around the modern state of feminism and where men and the LGBTQQ community fit in. Read more...


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