It’s Time Network is building the first national cross-sector network where individuals and organizations can come together in the spirit of collaborative leadership and collective impact to accelerate progress for women and girls, and we’ve started in San Francisco! As a hub of innovation and progress around gender equity issues, San Francisco became the first pilot city in our national Network City Program in 2016. The Network City Program is creating a permanent infrastructure that supports organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere to work together in engaging both individuals and organizations in collective action and impact.
Why San Francisco?
San Francisco has a dynamic history of being on the leading edge of change; from pioneering innovative technology to advancing progressive equal rights. For example, San Francisco was one of the first cities where a city commission on the status of women was established in 1975. In 1998, it was the first city in the world to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international bill of rights that focuses on women’s rights as human rights, implemented by San Francisco’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Today, San Francisco is home to some of the largest and most impactful foundations, donor networks, organizations, and government agencies working for gender equity. As a result, there is an important opportunity to bring these entities together for collective impact on issues related to women and girls.
The San Francisco Local Advisory Council
To bring all of this amazing work and incredible leadership together, ITN’s San Francisco Network City chapter launched in 2016, with the formation of the San Francisco Local Advisory Council (SF LAC). The SF LAC is currently comprised of 13 diverse cross-sector leaders in advancing women and girls locally, nationally, and globally: :
So far, our growing SF LAC includes the following Bay Area leaders:
- Emily Murase of the SF Board of Education and the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
- Surina Khan of The Women’s Foundation of California, a leader in shaping gender equity policies for over 36 years
- Nancy Kirshner Rodriguez of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, which focuses on identifying and eliminating inequities in laws, practices and conditions that affect California’s now more than 19 million women and girls
- Emma Mayerson of Alliance for Girls, the largest regional alliance of girl-serving organizations in the U.S.
- Jennifer Reisch of Equal Rights Advocates, a pioneer for advancing equity in schools and workplaces for over 40 years
- Musimbi Kanyoro of Global Fund for Women, a leader on championing women’s rights as human rights for over 30 years
- Julie Abrams of How Women Lead and Women’s Funding Network, the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls
- Amanda Brock of SparkSF, the largest network of millennial donors in the world
- Nancy Deyo of Rise Up, whose leadership program has impacted over 115 million girls globally and last year was selected to be part of Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative
- Kathy Krumpe of Global Women’s Leadership Network, who accelerates the empowerment of exceptional women through leadership development and an engaged global network
- Holly Joshi of MISSSEY, an organization that provides services to commercially sexually exploited victims and works for systemic change on behalf of the youth they serve
- Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt of HG Inc. and Citizens Advisory Committee for the Shipyard
- Michelle Swenson with Ashoka Support Network Vital Voices Bay Area Council, an organization that invests in women leaders who improve the world
To learn more about the SF LAC’s dynamic leaders, please visit the San Francisco Network City chapter webpage.
As the SF LAC continues to grow, It is essential that it reflects and gives voice to the rich diversity of women and girls in the Bay Area. It is purposefully designed to ensure representation from differing ethnicity, age, political and religious affiliations, so it can better address the key issues a diversity of women and girls face at school, in the workplace, in their homes, and in their communities.
What the SF LAC is Doing Now
As the SF LAC continues to grow in strength and number of members, we have begun to assess data in order to set a benchmark for the status of women and girls in San Francisco and California. Reviewing the key benchmark data will allow the SF LAC to identify the issues facing women and girls in our city, and determine how to accelerate change through collective action.
As the SF LAC has continued to bring on key leaders and organizations throughout 2016 and early 2017, one important aspect of the network has been to highlight the work of existing organizations. Rather than duplicating existing efforts, the network convenes monthly SF LAC calls to coordinate and plan mutually reinforcing activities. The ultimate goal is to become a hub for all that’s happening in the SF Bay Area women and girls’ space with a community calendar plus community-based webinars and events.
Each member of the SF LAC brings particular expertise from their organization or from their personal experience that can be additive to the collaborative efforts of the council. For example, Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, and Surina Khan, CEO of The Women’s Foundation of California shared their important work that provides a baseline for the status of women and girls in their 2016 reports (The 2016 California Women’s Well-Being Index and the 2016 Report on the Status of Women & Girls in San Francisco). These reports are essential tools that provide data on a range of key issues affecting women, girls, and families in the Bay Area and the state. The SF LAC discussed findings from these reports, and identified issues where the network could potentially accelerate much-needed change in specific areas for local women and girls through the power of collective impact.
In addition to this collective action planning, the SF LAC and its member organizations are supporting and participating in the Stronger California Legislation to promote a broad range of legislative priorities impacting women and girls across the state of California. The proposed legislation advances the economic security of women in California by promoting policy reform to provide better income support, achieve fair pay and working conditions, support workforce development, encourage asset building, and ensure work-family flexibility and access to quality child care.
Get Involved in the SF Network City Chapter
Now, in order to truly access and mobilize our ability to make strides toward gender equity, we need engaged individuals like you to join us in taking action together. As growing numbers of individuals and organizations become part of the network, we build our capacity at the local level, starting here in San Francisco and expanding over time. You can join It’s Time Network as an individual or as an organization to learn about our activities and take part in powerful collective impact now: Join us!