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From left to right: Mount St. Mary's board chair Judith R. McDonald; Mount student Viridiana Aceves; Mount student Alheli Hernandez; guest of honor Josefina Vazquez Mota; Mount student Gloria Hernandez; Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson; Mount student Lizbeth Alvarez; Mount student Claudia Garcia; and Lia Roberts, associate professor of political science at the Mount.

Josefina Vazquez Mota speaks to Mount students and community leaders

Nov. 1, 2012 — LOS ANGELES — Josefina Vázquez Mota, Mexico’s first female presidential candidate to run under a major political banner, visited Los Angeles Thursday as the guest of honor of Mount Saint Mary’s University and Scripps College. She delivered remarks at a downtown event celebrating the upcoming Women in Public Service Project’s Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America.

“It is time that we women write better and new rules in politics and in the art of governing better,” Vázquez Mota said during her speech.

Mount Saint Mary’s University and Scripps College will co-host the inaugural Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America in March 2013. Under the auspices of the Institute, female civic and community leaders from Latin America will come together for a series of workshops and policy forums. The Institute is part of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 with the mission to advance women’s participation in public service globally. It now is part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“The Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America seeks to build a generation of female leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments and change the way global solutions are forged,” said Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount Saint Mary’s University. “It is our hope that as we partner with the Women in Public Service Project we will create a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.”

Vázquez Mota, 2012 Mexican presidential candidate for the National Action Party and former secretary of public education for the Mexican federal government, spoke on Thursday evening to a group of civic and business leaders, and to students from Mount St. Mary’s and Scripps Colleges, about her experience in public policy and politics.

“Ms. Vázquez Mota is an important voice for women on the world stage,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president of Scripps College. “Our students were honored to hear from her critical lessons for leadership demonstrated throughout her career as a policy leader and most recently during her courageous run for office.”

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