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About The Report

About The Report

Did You Know?

  • There are only 17 women CEOs among California’s 400 largest public companies.
  • 46% of all California firms are owned or co-owned by women.
  • California is one of the nation’s largest television and film production centers, yet over the last 15 years, fewer than one in five directors, writers or producers have been women.

And those are just a few things we know about the status of women in California.

About The Report

First issued in 2012, The Report on the Status of Women & Girls in California™ is the most authoritative and comprehensive compilations of current research focusing on the issues and trends affecting the more than 19 million women and girls who call California home.

Now in it’s eighth year, The Report on the Status of Women & Girls in California™ is published annually by the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary's University. The Report's analysis includes demographics; educational attainment; employment and earnings; poverty; media; business leadership; political representation; physical and mental health; violence; and veterans. Our 2018 Report highlighted issues facing women in the workforce. Our 2019 Report will focus on the intersections of identity, access and equity. 

As a women’s university, Mount Saint Mary’s is committed to ensuring that women are afforded equal opportunities to engage in society. To demonstrate this commitment, we launched our Center for the Advancement of Women in January 2017, to serve as a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development. We are driven by the fact that this research is regularly used by community advocates, educators and legislators to effect change across California and beyond.

For a full list of resources related to The Report, visit our Take Action page

Interested in developing a special research project or in bringing The Report on the Status of Women and GirlsTM to your community?

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The release event

Room is full at The Report on the Status of Women & Girls in CaliforniaThe public release of The Report gathers around 1,000 people each year, including representatives from the corporate, nonprofit, political and educational fields. The event is an opportunity to share the valuable Report findings with the public, provide additional context through our illustrious speakers, and to foster conversation about issues affecting women and girls to inspire action in addressing continuing inequalities and gender gaps. Each attendee receives a summary of the Report with key insights and steps to take action within their companies and communities.

VIP luncheon

The room is full at the VIP lunchIn 2015, we introduced the VIP Luncheon after the main program. The event offered 300 executives from a diverse cross section of industries the chance to have a deeper dive into the issues and provide each attendee with printed copy of the full report.

For more information about our upcoming 2019 event, and/or sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact Heather Schraeder, director of special events and public programs, at hschraeder@msmu.edu or 213.477.2761.

Sampling of past sponsors

  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Los Angeles Province
  • Guggenheim Investments
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Andrews Lagasse Branch Bell, LLP
  • City National Bank
  • Clifford Swan
  • Fusion Academy
  • Locke Lord
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Integritas Resources, Inc.


Past speakers

Geena Davis at the podium, A Speaker Panel at the podium, Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson with speakers.

-Geena Davis, Academy Award®-winning actor and founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University
-Maria Echaveste, former U.S. presidential advisor to Bill Clinton and White House deputy chief of staff
-Eric Garcetti, mayor, City of Los Angeles
-Kelly Jenkins-Pultz, program analyst, U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
-Musimbi Kanyoro, PhD, president and CEO, The Global Fund for Women
-Surina Khan, CEO, Women’s Foundation of California
-Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, executive director, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
-Sheila James Kuehl, former California State Senator
-Nancy McFadden, JD, executive secretary, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
-Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of Half the Sky
-Jane Wurwand, founder and chief visionary, Dermalogica,® The International Dermal Institute® and FITE
-And many more...

About the Center for the Advancement of Women

Promoting gender equity through research, advocacy and leadership development.

The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University is a hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development. Our vision is to find solutions to persistent gender inequities and work with partners to eradicate them in our lifetime. As a leading researcher on issues of gender equity in California, the Center produces original research, contributes to the national conversation on gender equity, and promotes solutions to reach gender parity. Our goal is to eliminate obstacles women face in the workplace, their communities, in the media and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in California and our nation.

To learn more about our Center for the Advancement of Women, contact Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center, at emarcher@msmu.edu or 213.477.2544.

For more information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, contact Heather Schraeder, director of special events and public programs, at hschraeder@msmu.edu or 213.477.2761.