California

A

Location Rating

 

California combines respect for human decency, respect for the environment and an optimistic spirit that says that all problems can be overcome and the impossible can be become the possible.

California has long been at the forefront of progressive thought and scores at or near the top of the scale on all of the issues SweetScore currently tracks.  

 
The one thing, above all else, that has long distinguished California is it's openness, its embrace of humanity in its multitude of forms, and through that, the nourishment it provides to the souls of its residents.

That's what underlies the optimism that prevails in its culture.

And it's and optimism, in turn, that drives the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Californians.

It's the California flywheel:

      • welcoming all with empathy and respect + protection of the environment
      • fosters self respect, self confidence and optimism - not among a privileged few, but among the many
      • generates an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and creative risk taking
      • drives economic growth

A

Environmental Protections - State Rating

California has been a leader in environmental awareness since the 19th century, when those who arrived appreciated its unparalleled beauty and took action to protect it.  California's topography makes clean air a particular challenge, but the toughest emissions controls on the planet have cut smog remarkably since the 70s.  California's Prop 65 Hazardous Substance Warnings, approved by voters decades ago, grace the walls of most commercial establishments and remind citizens of the dangers of toxic substances used in many common commercial and home products.  California can still improve its environmental record, but it sets a Gold Standard for environmental protection nonetheless.

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A

Women's Equality - State Rating

California's support for women's rights, like its support for environmental protections, was well established in the 19th century.  Its legal protections for women's rights and for family leave and other family protections that support women and families are among the best.

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A

LGBTQ Equality - State Rating

Do we need to say anything here?  Leaving aside California's unfortunate misstep in voting down same sex marriage in 2008, it has been and remains on the forefront of not just acceptance but embrace of same sex couples and all all forms of gender identity, and its progressive support of surrogacy has enabled the happy, healthy birth of tens of thousands of children to all forms of families.

This is our California specific LGBTQ Equality SweetScore.

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B

Just and Civil Society - Country Rating

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B

Environmental Protections - Country Rating

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B

Women's Equality - Country Rating

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A

LGBTQ Equality - Country Rating

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