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Center for the Advancement of Women

Promoting gender equity through research, advocacy and leadership development.

The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University is a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development. Our vision is to find solutions to persistent gender inequities and work with partners to eradicate them in our lifetime.

Our work

As a leading researcher on issues of gender equity in California, the Center produces original research, contributes to the national conversation on gender equity, and promotes solutions to reach gender parity. Our goal is to eliminate obstacles women face in the workplace, their communities, in the media and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and our nation.

Participate in our study 
Launched in September 2018, "The Women's Professional Conference Experience & Impact Study" seeks to understand women's experiences at professional conferences and how these learning and development events impact women's career trajectories. The first stage of the study includes a national survey and we are looking for 1,000 professional women to contribute. 

We want to hear from you. Visit the survey here: 
All responses are anonymous. 

Who we serve

The Center has a two-pronged approach to serve both individuals and organizations.

For individuals:
Each year, we host events focused on training and leadership development:

To register for our next event or for more information, visit our event pages on the sidebar menu.

For organizations:
In addition to annually producing The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, the Center develops focused research with Mount Saint Mary's faculty, as well as research in collaboration with corporate and nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies.

Download the 2018 Report

Interested in developing a special research project or in bringing The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ to your community?

To explore partnership opportunities or for additional questions, contact Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women:

Support our vision:

An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University is the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in Mount history. Join the University’s efforts to advance women in California by designating a gift to the Center for the Advancement of Women.

Visit the campaign to learn more about our exciting efforts: To designate a gift to the Center, please select “Center for the Advancement of Women” under the designation menu.