Women in Politics


Do you identify as a young woman, trans-girl/woman, or femme?

Are you looking to make change in your community and the world?

Women in Politics may be the opportunity to get started!


The Women in Politics (WIP) program focuses on the role women have in politics, social movements, and in the community to make change. This year, our programming will happen over the summer through a course of 5 Zoom sessions. Each virtual session will be 2 hours in length. You can see the schedule below. Program design provides opportunities, not only to learn about avenues to change through political processes, but gives youth the space to grow confidence which they can use to heal and support one another. From here they can develop the skills to be the change they want to see.

Participants will be able to get a clear understanding of the unique influence women can have through policy-making and civic engagement. From this, participants will then begin to visualize and cultivate their own individual plan for civic action and identify paths for career opportunities.

Those who apply will:

  • Be paired with an adult mentor who will provide youth with extra support and can help build community among the cohort 

  • Engage in relationship building exercises, interactive sessions, and workgroup discussions, and will hear from speakers on issues highlighted in the program.

  • Meet professionals in and around the State Capitol.

  • Receive a journal in which youth can reflect and grow at their own pace.

Application process:

  • Applicant must be a high school student in the state of California. 40 young women, transwomen, and femme identifying people will be accepted.

  • To register, scroll to the bottom of our schedule and press the "Apply Now" button to be brought to a Google Form.

  • Applicants will hear back from us on the status of their application towards the end of May, although we will be taking applications until the deadline, which is May 28th!



Participants will join a 2-hour Zoom session every other Wednesday over the summer from 2-4 pm:

Date                                 Theme

Session I - June 9th            The Personal is Political

Session II - June 23rd         Know History Know Self

Session III - July 7th                   Feminism(s)

Session IV - July 21st                 Get Engaged

Session V - August 4th            Growing Forward


The success of the Women In Politics program would not be possible without our annual sponsors: Sempra Energy, The California Endowment, Southern CA Edison, and Jessica Ozberker.

“Women In Politics was a wonderful experience..  It was a lot of fun and opened my eyes to different career paths!”

- WIP Participant

Program Reflections 2018


We are delighted to announce the California Center’s resurrection of our Women in Politics program was a success! Women in Politics (WIP) was a core program of the CA Center for 8 years, and after being dormant for 7 years it was revived on July 25-27th 2018 and included a new group of twenty young women from the Sacramento Area.


WIP nurtures the next generation of women leaders by gathering for a 3-day leadership conference exposing youth to the role of women in key political and social change efforts, while exploring important issues they face today. During the conference diverse participants were inspired to better understand themselves and their social context while learning from one another and the top-notch presenters invited to contribute to the program.

Each contributor supported our 4 main program goals of:

  1. Helping young women develop a strong sense of self-worth

  2. Expose participants to a variety of positions

  3. Expand the understanding of key elements of the political system, and

  4. Help participants visualize and plan their futures.

Young women gathered from the following Sacramento-area high schools:
Grant Union, Rio American, Folsom, Liberty Ranch, C. K. McClatchy, St. Francis, Luther Burbank, El Dorado, Roseville, Da Vinci Charter Academy, Hiram Johnson, Natomas, Casa Roble, West Campus, and Laguna Creek. The largest group came from Luther Burbank High School through an after-school group, Brown Issues, thanks to our partner and community organizer, Alma López.

WIP 2018 Contributors Include:
Amanda Biccum, Holistic Wellness Coach and Self-worth Speaker

Shelby Vice, WEAVE Community Educator

Angelique Ashby, Sacramento City Councilwoman and Local Politics Panelist

Karina Talamantes, Sacramento County Board of Education Member and Local Politics Panelist

Ann Block, Immigration Lawyer and Panelist

Sarah Torres, Immigration Lawyer and Panelist

Rosie Rios, Keynote Speaker and former U.S. Treasurer

The four main women’s issues explored in 2018:

  1. Global women and poverty: economic impacts, health of family/community, education, etc.

  2. Gender-based Violence and Healthy Relationships

  3. Women in the workplace and the wage gap

  4. Women in Politics and Political Misrepresentation, and Immigration (this was brought up in many applications as an important political issue)


After each interactive session the young women were erupting in discussion about the important issues of our time and themes of the conference. We recognize that bringing our attention to social problems is not always pleasant, so we supported youth through discomfort to taking meaningful actions to transform our society into a more equitable and just place for all.


After the conference the young women were generous with their feedback.  They let us know we created a safe space to authentically arrive and connect with one another. This space allowed for incredible insights to be shared about the current state of gender issues and their unfolding through the lived experiences of local young women. As facilitators we showed up vulnerably and gave permission for the young women to show up and be seen and heard – something we intend to continue.


Three young women from the program are continuing to work with the CalCenter on a policy recommendation to ensure that every homeless service center in Sacramento County is stocked with menstrual hygiene products; they will make their case to the County Board of Supervisors early on in the New Year.  In 2019 we will offer even more time for community building and space for the young women to collaborate on solutions to our society’s most pressing gender issues. We are very much looking forward to WIP 2019!

- Brené Brown

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

- Hopi Elders' Prophecy


Please contact Drucella Miranda at dmiranda@californiacenter.org with any questions about our program.