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About the Center

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the only women’s university in Los Angeles, and has the oldest women’s leadership program in the western United States. The University is recognized nationally for its data-driven approach to gender equity, and for playing a critical role as a convener for leadership trainings and discussions on timely issues affecting women and girls.

Launched in 2017, the Center for the Advancement of Women will build upon these initiatives as a dedicated hub for our most impactful work. The Center provides an opportunity to deepen our research, expand our training support throughout the state, and amplify our advocacy work to improve the lives of women, girls and families.


Data is useless if it sits on a shelf. When put to use, it is an effective tool to educate and spur action. The Center will deepen Mount Saint Mary’s efforts toward gender equity through three main components:


The Center will continue to produce The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, now in its seventh year, as well as similar reports for cities, counties, corporations, women’s commissions and community organizations throughout the state. Through these reports, we examine gender gaps across key sectors and industries, and also promote solutions.


In addition to publishing cutting-edge data, the Center will produce policy briefs, evaluations and white papers to empower you to advocate on behalf of women and girls in your community. You can also book Dr. Archer to present a training for your group, to contribute articles, or book her as a speaker for your next event.


The University hosts three annual public events to equip women with the data and leadership development they need to become unstoppable leaders, and to empower and inform men to participate in eradicating gender equity together.

To learn more about these events and to get involved, visit the sidebar menu.

Recent collaborations

Below are links to some of our recent research collaborations:

Motivated to create a Report on the Status of Women and Girls for your community? Contact Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the University’s Center for the Advancement of Women: or 213.477.2544.