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Women's Legacy Fund


Be a part of the solutions for women and girls in our county by donating to the Women’s Legacy Fund today.

Read the Women's Legacy Fund's new report, identifying key issues in our community: “What Do Women Need? Issues Impacting Women & Girls in San Luis Obispo County.” 

Based on data highlighted in the report, the Women’s Legacy Fund has decided to focus its efforts over the next three years on addressing the issue of self-esteem for girls and women in our county.  For so many of the issues of concern – economics, educational attainment, substance abuse, teen pregnancy – poor self-esteem is a root cause. In the upcoming year, the Women’s Legacy Fund will inform donors and the public, convene local non-profit organizations and restructure its grant-making program to make a measurable impact for women and girls.


The report is made possible by the Women's Legacy Fund and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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Watch the archived broadcast about "What Do Women Need?" here.

Funds raised locally address issues such as these:


In San Luis Obispo County:

Chronic sadness is a growing problem.  More than 40% of 9th-grade and 11th-grade girls said they felt so sad and/or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks last year, they stopped doing some of their usual activities.

Source: California Healthy Kids 2013-2014



In San Luis Obispo County:

Binge drinking among adult women in San Luis Obispo County, at 31% is higher than statewide, at 24%, and is the fourth highest incidence rate of binge drinking among California’s 58 counties.

Sources: California Health Interview Survey 2011-2012

2013 Vital Signs 



In San Luis Obispo County:

More than 25% of women 75 and older have difficulty living independently.

Source: US Census, American Community Survey, 2009-2013



In San Luis Obispo County:

Latinas earn about 75% of the median income for all women in SLO County ($16,585 compared to $22,110) and earn less than Latinas statewide ($18,651).

One significant factor is education.  Almost one-third of local Latinas over age 25 did not finish high school.

Source: US Census, American Community Survey, 2009-2013


  • Over half (55.9%) of SLO County college-aged women surveyed identified self-esteem as one of the top five issues for women and girls.
    What Do Women Need, a 2010 Report on SLO County Women and Girls

  • Of girls in San Luis Obispo County, 27% of those in grade 7 reported having chronic sad or hopeless feelings which increases to 43% of girls by grade 9.
    California Healthy Kids Survey, San Luis Obispo County 2013-2014

  • In the 30 days preceding the survey only 1% of grade 7 girls participated in binge drinking -defined as having 5 or more drinks of alcohol within a couple of hours. This increased to 12% of grade nine girls and 25% of girls in grade 11.
    California Healthy Kids Survey, San Luis Obispo County 2013-2014

  • Between, July 2012 and June 2013, the shelters of SLO County provided 114 clients with 4,332 nights of shelter, and provided over 1,256 hours of counseling services to 172 clients.
    Women's Shelter Program of SLO County, RISE, 2014

  • Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3-12 months' follow up period compared to women who did not access shelter. Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location.
    Campbell, JC, PhD, RN, FAAN. Anna D. Wolf, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Protective Action and Re-assault: Findings from the RAVE study

  • On average, a woman is beaten 9 times before she places the first call to police for help; only 7% of spousal assaults are reported to the police.
    Women's Shelter Program of SLO County

  • In the United States 44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
    The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010

  • Of the 99,653 total households in SLO County, 5,392 of them are female-headed households with no husband present with children under the age of 18. The median income of a female-headed householder living with children is $36,627, compared to the total household median income of $53,978.
    American Fact Finder, US 2010 Census

  • In 2013, 154 babies were born to girls ages 19 and under in San Luis Obispo County.
    California Department of Public Health, 2014

  • There are 8,424 licensed child care slots in SLO County but are only made available to 36% of children aged 0-12 years with parents in the work force.
    2013 Child Care Portfolio

  • As of July 1st 2013 there were 377 children under the age of 21 in SLO County foster care.
    Child Welfare Services Reports for California, May 2014


What Do Women Need? 2015 Report

The Confidence Gap - Evidence showing that women are less self-assured than men

The Mismeasure of Woman, New York Times

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