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Media Advisory -- Mount to Release Report on the Status of Women and Girls

March 28, 2012 -- The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California will be released by Mount Saint Mary’s University on March 29 to provide never-before-compiled data in a format for general use by women, legislators and community based organizations. The report shines a light on the 18.7 million women and girls who call California home—a number representing more than half of the state's residents—and brings together an unprecedented bank of statistics on demographics, education, employment and earnings, poverty, leadership, media and technology, physical health, mental health, violence and incarceration.

Top women leaders in entertainment, business and public policy will address 800 community members about the report's findings, gender gaps that persist, and strategies to utilize the report as a catalyst for change. Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will make an announcement at the event. Davis is an appointee to the CA Commission on the Status of Women.

When: Thursday, March 29, 201210 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where:Mount Saint Mary’s University (Doheny Campus)
10 Chester Place Los Angeles, CA 90007

Speakers/Panelists:Geena Davis, Academy Award Winner/G.D. Institute on Gender in the Media
Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount Saint Mary’s University President
Azure Antoinette, Poet/Spoken Word Artist and Photographer
Maria Contreras-Sweet. Executive Director & Founder, ProAmerica Bank
Val Zavala, Vice President of News & Public Affairs, KCET
Maria Blanco, V.P. for Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation
Judy Patrick, President & CEO, Women's Foundation of California
Linda J. Sax, UCLA Professor & Author, "The Gender Gap in College"
Kimberly Fowler, CEO/Founder, YAS Fitness Center

More Info:For more information and to download the report on March 29, visit

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