Mount Saint Mary’s University's Third Annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California to Feature First-Ever Look at Los Angeles County's Female Pop
Los Angeles, March 20, 2014 – Mount Saint Mary’s University's 2014 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, to be released March 27, for the first time will include a demographic analysis of the more than 5 million women and girls living in Los Angeles County.
The Report's findings for both California and Los Angeles County will be released during a free public forum to be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, March 27, at the College's Doheny Campus, located at 10 Chester Place in Los Angeles.
Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the sold-out event, which will feature a dozen local, state and national women leaders – representing business, education, government and media – who will discuss the Report's findings and its socio-economic and public policy implications.
"The Report's findings should be both a wake-up call about and a call to action to address the issues affecting the women who make up half of the people living in the state's most ethnically diverse region and one of its most important economic centers," said Mount Saint Mary’s University President Ann McElaney-Johnson.
Los Angeles County Highlights
The Report found several troubling patterns:
- Physical health – Even though more women than men are covered by health insurance, 20 percent of Los Angeles County women have no healthcare coverage.
- Education – Educational attainment remains closely tied to poverty: More than 40 percent of Los Angeles County women who are 25 years or older, and who have less than a high school education, now live in poverty.
- Employment and earnings – Women are employed in most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions at lower rates than men and also fall lower within employment ranks in terms of pay, profession and supervisory roles.
- Intimate partner violence – Women and girls of color experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence, homicides and incarceration among all women in the county.
The report also found steady improvements:
- Education – A greater proportion of women than men in Los Angeles County under the age of 45 now hold higher educational degrees.
- Business – The number of women-owned firms in the county has increased by roughly 25 percent in the last decade.
- Immigration – More than half of the female immigrants in Los Angeles County have become naturalized citizens.
March 27 Forum
Featured presenters at the forum include:
- Dr. Helen Boutrous, principal editor of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California and chair of the history/political science department at Mount Saint Mary’s University;
- Geena Davis, Academy Award winner, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women; and
- Constance Rice, noted civil-rights attorney, co-director of Advancement Project and former co-director of the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.
The program also will include two panel sessions, both moderated by national, award-winning journalist Tess Vigeland:
"Los Angeles: Through a Gender Lens" – An in-depth look at the diversity of, and the socio-economic challenges facing, the region's female population.
- Erika Anderson, publisher, Los Angeles magazine;
- Dr. Susie Baldwin, MD, chief, Health Assessment Unit, Office of Health Assessment & Epidemiology, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health;
- Vicky Brown, founder, Idomeneo Enterprises, Inc., and board president, National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles chapter; and
- Ana Guerrero, chief of staff, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
"Closing Gender Gaps: A Policy Perspective" – Examining the ways that state and local government can improve the lives of women and girls.
- Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, program analyst, U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau;
- Sheila Kuehl, former California state senator, president of Kuehl Consulting, and founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College; and
- Dr. Somjita Mitra, economist, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
For additional information about the March 27 event, visit: http://statusofwomen.msmc.la.edu.
About the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California
First issued in 2012, the Report is one of the most authoritative and comprehensive compilations of current research focusing on the issues and trends affecting the more than 19 million women and girls living in California. Its analysis includes demographics, business, education, employment, physical and mental health, politics, poverty and public safety.
About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences. Primarily a women's college, Mount St. Mary's has a diverse student body, with 50 percent of our students the first in their families to attend college. We are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information, visit www.msmu.edu.