The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s will be releasing the 2022 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ on March 24. The only comprehensive report of its kind, the Report is the most authoritative collection of current research and data on issues affecting the 20 million women and girls in the state.
Given that we are still living in a pandemic, the 11th annual Report focuses on the health and wellness of California’s women and girls. The Report assesses the progress – or lack thereof – that California has made in improving women’s health during the last five years, comparing it to data from our 2017 Report. From chronic conditions and psychological health to preventive care and resilience, data shows that women’s health has taken a back seat to other needs during the pandemic. [Data highlights included below]
The Report will be released at a virtual event featuring thought leaders and health experts who will discuss gender equity and healthcare. This year’s program will include an keynote presentation on “Preventing Burnout on the Future of Work,” presented by Jennifer Moss, award-winning journalist, author and international public speaker.
Another highlight of the event includes an expert panel that will explore how women and girls are doing now and what we all can do in the future to optimize our wellness. The discussion will feature Denise Dador, health specialist at ABC7 Eyewitness News; Deborah Allen, PhD, deputy director of LA County Dept. of Public Health; Paula Helu-Brown, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Mount Saint Mary’s; Nzinga Graham ’04, MD, physician at Kaiser Permanente; and Shaista Malik, MD, executive director of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.
For a full list of speakers and to register for the event, visit the Report page. Registration is open to the public and complimentary for members of the Mount community.
2022 Report Data Highlights
Some key findings from this year’s research reveal that:
- The percentage of California women reporting serious psychological distress increased from 9% in 2016 to 17% in 2019. And in 2020, more than half of women surveyed reported symptoms of mild to severe depression.
- Of California families living in poverty, 19% of them are female-headed family households with no spouse present. These families are especially at risk.
- A greater share of Black women die from both breast and cervical cancers compared to Asian American, Latina, and white women.
- In spring 2021, 50% of college women and 37% of college men indicated that stress hindered their academic performance. Addressing mental health on college campuses is essential to building resilience.
- There are more than 100,000 fewer high school athletic opportunities for girls than boys in California. We need to ensure that girls have opportunities for movement and play, creating healthier lives.