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2012 Event Recap

Mount Saint Mary’s University, in partnership with the California Commission on the Status of Women, presented the public release of the groundbreaking

The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

The event featured panel discussion on the future of women and the issues they face in California. Speakers and panelists include Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Maria Contreras-Sweet, executive chair and founder of ProAmérica Bank; Azure Antoinette, spoken word artist, photographer, advocate; Maria Blanco, vice president for civic engagement, California Community Foundation; Helen Boutrous, chair, department of history and political science, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Kimberly Fowler, CEO/Founder, YAS Fitness Centers; Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount Saint Mary’s University; Judy Patrick, president, Women’s Foundation of California; Linda J. Sax, professor and author, The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men; and Val Zavala, vice president, news and public affairs, KCET.


Women have made great strides in the last 100 years, but they remain vastly underrepresented in elective office, scientific fields and the boardrooms of California. The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California focuses on key areas crucial to the advancement of women, including poverty, education, technology, employment, leadership, physical and mental health, and violence and incarceration.

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