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Academy Award Winner Geena Davis to Make Announcement at College Event

March 26, 2012 -- Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will make an important announcement during a public event Thursday at Mount Saint Mary’s University when the College releases its groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.

Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is a featured speaker at the event and supports the report because of her longtime advocacy for women and girls. She will make her remarks at the 10 a.m. event on the College's downtown Doheny Campus, located at 10 Chester Place in Los Angeles.

Davis is an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women, a nonpartisan state agency that promotes equality and justice for all women and girls by advocating on their behalf with the governor, the legislature and other public policy makers. The commission is partnering with the College to put on the event.

Other speakers and panelists include: Maria Contreras-Sweet, executive chair and founder of ProAmérica Bank; Azure Antoinette, spoken word artist, photographer, advocate; Maria Blanco, vice president for civic engagement, California Community Foundation; Helen Boutrous, chair, department of history and political science, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Kimberly Fowler, CEO/Founder, YAS Fitness Centers; Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Judy Patrick, president, Women's Foundation of California; Linda J. Sax, UCLA professor and author, The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men; and Val Zavala, vice president, news and public affairs, KCET.

Interview Availability: Davis will be available for media interviews immediately following the event, at 12:30 p.m., as will College President Ann McElaney-Johnson and Helen Boutrous, a report author and chair of the department of history and political science. A press bridge for audio feeds will be available during the event.

The report will be available by hard copy and online on Thursday. Visit http://statusofwomen.msmc.la.edu for more details.

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