Women in Politics

*The 2020 program is being postponed to a later date in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please check back with us in the fall for updates.


Women in Politics (WIP) is a three-day summer institute for young women from the Sacramento region. Participants get a first-hand look at the workings of state politics, focusing on issues affecting women and their communities.


Our presence in Sacramento and our lasting relationships with the players in state politics allow us to offer a unique experience to young women. We have access to a rich pool of supporters who lend their expertise to our programs – more than forty women, including liberals, moderates, and conservatives, volunteer their time to share information and perspectives. WIP provides an opportunity for young women to meet the people who represent them at the state capitol, and to witness first-hand the importance of women’s participation in the political process.

The success of our Women In Politics program would not be possible with out our sponsors: Sempra Energy, The California Endowment,
Southern CA Edison, Jessica Ozberker and the California Teacher’s Association.


Interactive activities get our participants thinking and acting.
Young women will:

  • Engage in activities which are geared to provide youth with the tools to build life long self-confidence and self-worth  

  • Learn about the historical role of women in the democratic process, providing context for discussion of present-day policies.

  • Begin to visualize and cultivate their own individual plan for civic action and identify paths for career opportunities

  • Craft policy recommendations on specific legislation slated to come before lawmakers

“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 CA Center 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!

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

- Brené Brown

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

- Hopi Elders' Prophecy

CA Center Staff and Program Instructors who helped facilitate the conference:
Carson Watts, Program Coordinator

Belen Flores, Executive Director

Coral Abbott, Program Instructor

Amanda Hernandez, Program Instructor

Savannah Mendoza, Program Instructor


Please contact Carson Watts at bflores@californiacenter.org with any questions about our program.

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