The California Women’s Well-Being Index is a project of the California Budget & Policy Center and the Women’s Foundation of California. GreenInfo Network ( developed the data visualization and the downloadable county fact sheets.

California Budget & Policy Center

The California Budget & Policy Center was established in 1995 to provide Californians with a source of timely, objective, and accessible expertise on state fiscal and economic policy issues. The Budget Center engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. Support for the Budget Center comes from foundation grants, subscriptions, and individual contributions.

Women’s Foundation of California

The Women’s Foundation of California trains and invests in women to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders who strengthen the economic wellbeing of California’s women and their families. We want to put an end to women living month-to-month and paycheck-to-paycheck, never knowing whether one financial setback — a trip to the emergency room, an unexpected car repair — will push them to the edge of poverty and homelessness.

For over 36 years we have been a leader and trusted partner, activating our extensive grassroots and statewide network to shape the policies, programs and attitudes that elevate women and their families


Kristin Schumacher prepared this project with assistance from the staff at the California Budget & Policy Center. In addition, individuals who responded to our survey on selecting indicators were instrumental in guiding the development of the Women’s Well-Being Index.

Survey Respondents

Dion Aroner, Partner, Aroner, Jewel and Ellis Partners

Marisol Aviña, Program Manager, The California Endowment

Barbara Baran, Co-Director, California EDGE Coalition

Jessica Bartholow, Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty

Rebecca Hamburg Cappy, Director, Northern California Office, Alliance for Justice

Krystle Contreras, Director of Outreach and Prevention, Central California Family Crisis Center

Betsy Cotton, Director, Close the Gap CA

Sarah Crow, Vice President, The Opportunity Institute

Cynthia Douglas, California Department of Social Services

Myra Duran, Policy Manager, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Stephanie Fajuri, Supervising Attorney, Disability Rights Legal Center – Cancer Legal Resource Center

Sequoia Hall, Leadership Council Member, East Oakland Building Health Communities

Marlene Christine Hurd, Human Resources Manager, Administrator, Healthy Communities Inc. dba Healthy Oakland

Jennifer Ito, Project Manager, University of Southern California, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Kate Karpilow, Executive Director, California Center for Research on Women & Families

Kimberly Kenny, Associate Vice President, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

Mari Lopez, Policy Director, Vision y Compromiso

Linda Meric, Executive Director, 9to5, National Association of Working Women

Ami Nagle, President, Nagle & Associates

Nikki Newsome, Program Manager, Reading and Beyond

Vanessa Perez, Civic Engagement Specialist, Time for Change Foundation

Mary L. Perry, Education Consultant

Vonya Quarles, Executive Director, Starting Over, Inc.

Maria Reyes, Bilingual Legal Services Specialist, YWCA Silicon Valley

Gabriela Sandoval, Director of Research and Chief Economic Security Officer, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Diana Scott, Chief Human Resources Officer, Prologis

Laura Segura, Executive Director, Monarch Services, Santa Cruz County

Hillary Selvin, Executive Director, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles

Cathy Senderling-McDonald, Deputy Executive Director, California Welfare Directors Association

Ann Stevens, Director, Center for Poverty Research, University of California, Davis

Nancy Strohl, Consultant, Office of Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Anne Stuhldreher, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment

Jesse Torrey, Associate Director, RISE San Luis Obispo County

Francesca Vietor, Program Director, Environment, Public Policy, Civic Engagement, The San Francisco Foundation

Nancy Volpert, Director of Public Policy, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

Heather Warnken, Legal Policy Associate, Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Deborah Peterson Small, Executive Director, Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs

Nicole D. Vick, Senior Health Educator, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Pete Woiwode, Director, California Partnership