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About The Report & Event

About The Report & Event

Did You Know?

  • California boasts more women-owned businesses than any other state (1.55 million), and these businesses generate nearly $226 billion in revenue. 
  • Women account for 27% of top executives in California companies, and yet only 4% of the state’s top 400 publicly traded companies have a female CEO (this is a growth of only 1% in the last decade).
  • 5% of women who work full time, and 52% of women working part time still don’t make enough to exceed the federal poverty. 

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.

The Report includes data on demographics; educational attainment; employment and earnings; poverty; business leadership; political representation; physical and mental health; violence; and veterans. Statistics like these noted above are one part of our reporting. We believe data is useless if it sits on a shelf, so the Report also provides detailed analysis of each issue area, the context you need to understand the numbers, and recommendations to take action in your community.

In 2018, the Center launched a companion piece to the Report called Collectif to generate original research by Mount Saint Mary's faculty and students, and community partners that further explores the data and themes related to the Report.

Explore Collectif: Research Anthology

Download the 2019 Report (PDF)

Are you interested in bringing The Report on the Status of Women and Girls™ to your community? Fill Out the Form Here

The Release Event

A crowd of people attending a conferenceThe public release of The Report gathers 1,000 leaders from across California each year, representing corporate, nonprofit, political and educational fields. The event is an opportunity to share the Report findings with the public for the first time, and provide additional context from regional and national thought leaders that fosters conversation and inspires action to address inequalities and gender gaps.

VIP Luncheon

The room is full at the VIP lunchIn 2015, we introduced the VIP Luncheon after the main program to provide a space for over 300 attendees to take a deeper dive into issues highlighted in the Report. Past luncheon hosts include Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

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 or 213.477.2761.

Report Host Committee

  • Kari Bolen, EdD, Director, Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Kay Buck, CEO, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
  • Araceli Campos, Executive Director, Miguel Contreras Foundation and Chair, LA County Women & Girls Initiative
  • Asha Dahya, Content Creator and Editor-in-Chief,
  • Brieanne De Wind, Social Media Curator, National Women’s History Museum LA Council
  • Joy Donnell, Chief Visionary, Superjoy Media
  • Jackie Filla, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Mount Saint Mary’s University and President, Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women
  • Kimberly Freeman, Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer, USC Dornsife
  • Sabrina Garba, Founder and CEO, Glass Ladder Group
  • Ana Maria Garcia, President, Los Angeles County Commission for Women
  • Sylvia Ghazarian, Chair, City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women
  • Nicole Haggard, Media and Social Justice Instructor, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Brady Hahn, Founder, Insight Collective
  • Lindy Huang Werges, Founder, Integritas Resources, Inc. + Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.
  • Abbe Land, Executive Director, Women and Girls Initiative
  • Connie Leyva, California State Senate, 20th District
  • Cindy Lopez, Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • Nury Martinez, Councilwoman, Los Angeles City Council, 6th District
  • Holly J. Mitchell, California State Senate, 30th District
  • Kimberly Nao, PhD, Fritz B Burns Endowed Chair of Education and Director of Instructional Leadership, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Diane Reichenberger, Vice President, Consumer Products Global Strategy, Mattel
  • Monica Rodriguez, Councilwoman, Los Angeles City Council, 7th District
  • Megan Sellers, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, Oath

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 or 213.477.2544.