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Mount to Present The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California

Feb. 22, 2012 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University hosts a special presentation of its groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California on March 29 in partnership with the California Commission on the Status of Women. This report, the first comprehensive look at the statistics on a statewide level, seeks to inspire deliberate steps that can be taken to address continuing gender inequities by shining a light on the 18.7 million women and girls who call California home – a group that comprises more than half of the state's residents.

The report confirms that women are vastly underrepresented in elective office, scientific fields, partnership positions in law firms and in the boardrooms of California, in spite of great strides in the last 100 years. By examining areas key to economic, political, social and physical well-being -- and an array of studies in these areas -- the report confirms the undeniable trend that women lag behind men in reaching positions of power.

A panel of scholars and experts in women's public policy issues will discuss the report's findings at 10 a.m. on the College's Doheny Campus, 10 Chester Place in Los Angeles 90007. Speakers and panelists include Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; 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; Beth McGovern, interim executive director, California Commission on the Status of Women; Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Judy Patrick, president, Women's Foundation of California; Linda J. Sax, professor and author, The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men; Kimberly Fowler, CEO/founder of YAS Fitness Centers; and Val Zavala, vice president, news and public affairs, KCET.

The event is free and open to the public.

Media Contacts: Paulette Thornton,, 323.295.0642; Debbie Ream,, 213.477.2505; Joanna Banks,, 213.477.2506.

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