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Center for the Advancement of Women

2021 Event Program

Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

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  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021


    Emerald Archer, PhD, Director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University

  • A Special Message

    Nury Martinez, president, Los Angeles City Council

  • The 2021 Report Data

    Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University

    Where do women and girls in California stand today? Given that 2021 continues to be defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the answer to this question is not clear. The summary of key findings provides a clearer picture of how women and girls fared in the pre-pandemic period and the possible setbacks in our post-pandemic reality. There is no doubt that the pandemic will have long lasting repercussions for women and girls across the state.

  • The Pandemic: Women on the Front Lines, In the Workforce and at Home

    The pandemic has magnified the multiple and various roles women take on every day across the state. Women now find themselves juggling the roles of essential worker, caregiver, educator, all while taking on more responsibilities at home. The constraints COVID-19 has brought to California households has created serious stress, the lion’s share of which is felt by women. We will explore how women are faring in the wake of COVID-19.

    Moderator: Maria Hinojosa
    Emerald Archer, PhD

    Alisha Haridasani Gupta
    Mekala Krishnan, PhD
    Maria J. Prados, PhD


  • In Conversation: The Power of Women Entrepreneurs in LA

    Data suggests that more than one-third of California’s women business owners may be struggling during the pandemic. Long-standing issues like inequitable access to capital have only been amplified by the pandemic. Join Jane Wurwand, philanthropist, activist and founder of FOUND/LA as she discusses how crucial it is socially and economically to help women entrepreneurs across Los Angeles County succeed and thrive.

    Moderator: Michaela Pereira
    Jane Wurwand

  • Making HERstory: How the All-Female Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are Leading the Way

    For the first time since its inception more than 150 years ago, the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors consists of all women. Join this important discussion as supervisors discuss leading the way for Angelenos during this historically challenging time. They will share their particular brand of leadership, the historic nature of an all-female LA County Board of Supervisors, and what women’s leadership will mean for the most powerful local government body in the nation.

    Moderator: Maria Hinojosa
    Kathryn Barger
    Sheila Kuehl
    Holly J. Mitchell

  • Closing Remarks

    Emerald Archer, PhD, Director, Center for the Advancement of Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University

2021 Program Speakers

Emerald Archer

Kathryn Barger

Alisha Haridasani Gupta

Maria Hinojosa

Mekala Krishnan

Sheila Kuehl

Nury Martinez

Ann McElaney-Johnson

Holly J. Mitchell

Michaela Pereira

Maria J. Prados

Jane Wurwand