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Beyond the Report

Mount Saint Mary’s adds new elements to its annual work on gender equity in California.

February 8, 2018

2018 marks the seventh consecutive year that Mount Saint Mary’s University will release a Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™. The 2018 edition will be released at a public event at the Skirball Cultural Center on March 22, as the Mount continues to highlight gender inequities across the state, gauge progress and offer context for why gender gaps persist. This year’s Report also comes with several new developments designed to foster conversation and engage more allies in the effort to advance opportunities for women and girls statewide.

First, the 2018 Report will place a singular focus on women’s standing in the workforce, using a wide-angled lens to examine why certain obstacles and biases continue to undermine equitable, professional opportunities for California’s women. This targeted approach enables a deeper conversation around issues ranging from educational attainment, the gender wage gap and the segregation of industries by gender to sexual harassment in the office, family-friendly employment practices at work and paid family leave policies.

Audience members listen to a discussion during the 2017 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California. Mount Saint Mary’s is also going beyond its annual Report when it comes to authoring new commentary and research on gender equity in California and beyond. On March 22, the University will launch an online anthology to showcase additional work produced out of Mount Saint Mary’s Center for the Advancement of Women. This year’s debut collection will feature faculty and student writing that touches on topics such as women in the media, women in engineering, re-entry to civilian life for formerly incarcerated women, and more.

Finally, the University is inviting members of the Mount community and the general public to join in a series of spring events that seek to empower women and eradicate gender inequities that hold women back. Those who join in will learn how to create financial independence, fight to make workplaces more gender equitable and publicly recognize the achievements of women in our hometown. Reservations are required. Follow the links below to reserve your space.

Feb. 24: Financial literacy workshop to help women create financial independence for themselves

Feb. 28: Documentary screening, “The Empowerment Project” and conversation with filmmaker Sarah Moshman

March 13 & 14: Sneak peeks at the latest findings in our Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ (internal event for the Mount community)

March 22: Public release of the 2018 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ (Skirball Cultural Center)

March 28: “Putting Angelenas on the Map” workshop with the L.A. Mayor’s Office to add more City landmarks, statues and public spaces in honor of women

April 28: Ready to Run™, Mount Saint Mary’s annual campaign training day designed to equip more women to run for office and pursue public service

“We are thrilled that individuals and community partners alike are using our research to take action and effect change,” says Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. “This series of events around our 2018 Report was created to both rally our University community and to create momentum for the public conversations we hope this research will inspire.”

Each of these events is organized by the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. The Center acts as a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development for the Mount community and beyond. Its vision is to find solutions to persistent gender inequities and work with partners to eradicate those inequities that hold women back. Learn more about the Center’s work at