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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.


Who we serve

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

For individuals: Each year, we host three 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 producing our annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in CaliforniaTM, the Center develops additional 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 2017 Report Here


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

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


Support our vision:

"An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary's University" seeks to further strengthen our Center for the Advancement of Women, and better equip it to fight for gender equity everywhere. Learn how you can support the Mount's efforts to advance women here in California and beyond: www.msmu.edu/campaign.