November Program – California Women’s Well-Being Index

November Program – California Women’s Well-Being Index By Gloria Yost

November Program to spotlight policies affecting welfare of California women
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10 a.m. – noon, free on Zoom
Speakers:  Sarah Jimenez & Kristin Schumacher

Learn how California’s budget and economic policies are affecting women and families in Sacramento County and statewide during our Nov. 14 branch meeting.

Kristin Schumacher and Sarah Jimenez of the California Budget & Policy Center will update us on the status of women as reflected in the California Women’s Well Being Index.

The Women’s Well Being Index, prepared by the California Budget & Policy Center, is a multifaceted composite measure looking at five dimensions of women’s well-being by county: health, personal safety, employment and earnings, economic security and political empowerment. Schumacher and Jimenez will offer their insights on how results of the Nov. 3 election might affect women and families.

Schumacher, a senior analyst at the center, created the Women’s Well Being Index.  Before joining the center in 2013, she taught public policy and public administration in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and held a research position with the university and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She also worked in fundraising and development with the Colorado AIDS Project in Denver. Schumacher has a PhD in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in policy and administration from the University of Texas, Austin.

Jimenez joined the California Budget & Policy Center in 2019 as Director of Strategic Communications. She previously worked for Paschal Roth Public Affairs in Sacramento where she was involved with communications and public policy campaigns, including passage of two statewide housing bonds as well as efforts to improve California’s childcare system. She also has worked for the County Welfare Directors Association of California and the California State Association of Counties. Jimenez received degrees in print Journalism and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. She was a television news producer for Fresno’s CBS affiliate before becoming a reporter for The Fresno Bee.

The California Budget & Policy Center (, formerly the California Budget Project, was founded in 1995 to provide an independent source of information on how budget and tax policies affect low- and middle-income Californians. The center provides analyses and commentary on issues including tax policy, economic trends, health and criminal justice.

This meeting is open to the public, so please share this notice with friends,neighbors, and young women. Guests who join AAUW on November 14th will receive a discounted membership.

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The Zoom link will be sent out two days before the event to all registered members and guests.