Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, is pleased to announce an esteemed group of women from politics, media, law, business and academia will be speaking during The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ event on March 28 at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Each year, the Center for the Advancement of Women at MSMU researches and publishes the most comprehensive collection of data on women and girls in California. This year’s Report, Intersections: Identity, Access & Equity, focuses on how race, age and socio-economic status, among other factors, shape the lives of women in the state.
“We are excited to welcome such a diverse group of accomplished women to our event. Their work and commitment to increasing equity and inclusion in our communities will provide invaluable insights as we explore the effects of socioeconomic status, race and age on the lives of women in California now and in the future,” said Emerald Archer, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary's.
This year’s event will feature First Partner of California and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom in conversation with California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell about California’s agenda for women and girls and how our communities can foster opportunities for all Americans.
A selection of thought leaders and experts will guide and participate in conversations to provide additional context to the report, including:
- Emerald Archer (Director, Center for the Advancement of Women, MSMU)
- Kari Bolan (Director, Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, MSMU)
- Rekha Chiruvolu (Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Nixon Peabody Law Firm)
- Alex Grimwade (SVP, CIO, Twentieth Century Fox Television)
- Andrea Hoffman (Founder and CEO, Culture Shift Labs)
- Naomi Iwasaki (Deputy Director, Investing in Place)
- Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD (President, MSMU)
- Shereen Marisol Meraji (Co-host, NPR’s Code Switch)
- Kimberly Nao (Professor, MSMU)
- Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i (Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment)
- Kamili Wilson (Vice President, Enterprise Initiatives, Office of the Chief of Staff, AARP)
The event gathers leaders from various industries and is an opportunity to foster conversation and inspire action to address inequalities and gender gaps in California and the nation as a whole.
Among the 2019 Report’s highlights:
Women in the Workforce
Women are generally underpaid compared to men working in the same occupations. In California, women working full-time and year-round make 89 cents for every dollar that men earn. And race matters. The gap is largest for Latinas, who earn 62 cents of every dollar earned by a man, or 43 cents to every dollar earned by a white man. Among women, Latinas earn 53 cents, African Americans earn 75 cents, and Asian Americans earn 93 cents for every dollar earned by a white woman.
Poverty rates vary by age, with 28% of all California females under the age of 18 years living in poverty, and 12% of those over 65 years. Roughly 1 in 5 African American women and Latinas live in poverty. Women who have attained only a high school diploma are three times more likely to live in poverty than those who have earned a baccalaureate degree.
Health and Wellness
Asthma, diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases are among the leading chronic conditions experienced by women in California. A startling gender difference in causes of death between men and women occurs for Alzheimer’s disease, where the death rate of California women is more than double that of men.
Violence and Incarceration
Because the state’s prison population is overwhelmingly male, studies of incarcerated individuals fail to adequately address problems unique to women in custody. Women are more likely than men to enter prison with a history of abuse and psychological distress. Most of California’s female inmates (62%) are mothers of minor children, and their incarceration has far-reaching consequences for children, their families, and society.
Embargoed copies of the Report will be available for media in advance, and media are invited to attend. Interviews may be set up with speakers, including the Report’s editor, Emerald Archer, Ph.D.
The Center for the Advancement of Women also publishes a research anthology Collectif, an online companion piece to the Report that features the writing of University faculty, students and community partners. The work explores many related themes in more depth, from maternal mortality to the power of apology in the #MeToo era. More here.
The Report includes “A Closer Look” pieces written by University faculty, amplifying themes in the Report and examining topics such as the recent legislation affecting women and girls, Asian American women in film, ageism, weight bias, and the opioid crisis.
About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world. msmu.edu
About the Center for the Advancement of Women
The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University is a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development. Its vision is to find solutions to persistent gender inequities and work with partners to eradicate those inequities in our lifetime. That goal includes eliminating obstacles that women face in the workplace, in their communities, in the media and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and our nation. The Center also creates public programming, research guides and training opportunities to engage more partners in its work. msmu.edu/CAW