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Center for the Advancement of Women


About the Center

Launched in 2017, the Center reaches more than 50,000 leaders across Southern California and beyond dedicated to advancing women and girls.

This work carries forward more than 90 years of Mount Saint Mary's history as the only women's university in Los Angeles and the oldest accredited women's leadership program in the western United States. The Center also offers sponsor opportunities with like-minded research organizations and corporations.

The Center Focuses On Three Key Areas of Work:


Annual reporting examines a range of gender equity issues across key sectors and promotes targeted solutions. All of our publications are available to the public for free.

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Driven by the publications and presentations of the Center Director, our nationally recognized work offers far-reaching ways to empower advocates on a national and local level.

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Leadership Development

The Center hosts two annual signature events, as well as the Legislator in Residence series. These gatherings enable men and women to network and learn from thoughtful leaders. 

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Meet the Director

Emerald Archer, PhD, is the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Archer has published nine peer-reviewed articles in national journals and released a book that explores women’s history in the United States military: Women, Warfare and Representation: American Servicewomen in the Twentieth Century. In addition to being a seasoned and engaging presenter and keynote speaker, she is also a contributing expert to media outlets, such as NPR.

Archer has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Faculty Development Award and Senior Fellows Award from Woodbury University; the Silberman Follow-Up Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; and a Carnegie Corporation of New York Fellowship. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Book Dr. Archer for your next event! For more information on booking Dr. Emerald Archer to speak at your next event, download the  speaker kit and email or call (213) 477-2544.