End Child Marriage in CA

California has one of the highest child marriage rates in the country. We rank just behind West Virginia, Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, tied with Tennessee for the sixth highest number of teens married per capita! A recent Pew Research Center study found that, in California, 5.5 of 15- to 17-year-olds per thousand reported being married. Within the past few months, Virginia, New York, and Texas have enacted meaningful protections for kids and today, here at the Feminist Majority, we are pushing for meaningful reform in California.

Take Action Today!

Tell your family and friends child marriage is still a problem in the United States, reach out to your elected representatives, commit your organization to advocating for child brides, get involved with the Feminist Majority by signing up as a volunteer here or calling our office at (310) 556 – 2500 or emailing Sarah Bradshaw.

Learn More…

About the bill currently before the State Legislature: SB273
Feminist Majority Foundation Response
Child Marriage Brief Memo
Child Marriage in California: The Numbers

From Survivors

Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States?
Washington Post Fraidy Reiss
Child marriage laws in CA act as loopholes that allow for statutory rape
Daily Californian Sara Tasneem
US states seek to end child marriage
 Al Jazeera’s The Stream talks with survivors of early marriages, and takes a look at why there is resistance to changing the laws.
New York Times Fraidy Reiss
Advocates Work To End Child Marriage In The U.S.
NPR interview
Forced to marry at 15: ‘I was essentially his prisoner’
Sacramento Bee interview
California lacks minimum marriage age
Orange County Register David Wright
11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida
New York Times Nicholas Kristof

Articles & Reports

Ms. Magazine Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
San Fransisco Chronicle Jill Tucker
Frontline Anjali Tsui
Frontline Anjali Tsui, Dan Nolan and Chris Amico
Child Marriage in the United States Pew Research Center finds California has one of the highest child marriage rates in the country.
Early Teen Marriage and Future Poverty UCSD Professor of Economics finds unavoidable higher poverty rates throughout life for teen brides.
Child Marriage in the United States and Its Association With Mental Health in Women The American Academy of Pediatrics finds “Child marriage is associated with higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, cervical cancer, unwanted pregnancies, pregnancy termination, death resulting from childbirth, and malnutrition in the offspring.”
Adolescent Girls’ Education Factsheet World Bank Brief on the Intersections of Education and Child Marriage
Too Young To Marry
Ms. Magazine Gayle Tzemach Lemmon + Michele Kort

Videos & Audio


National & World Leaders believe child marriage …

“…is a threat to fundamental human rights” –President Barack Obama (D)

“…denies girls of certain education and employment opportunities, significantly expands the risk of maternal and infant death” –Senator Olympia Snowe (ME-R)

“…is one of humankind’s most destructive traditions” –Archbishop Desmond Tutu