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Mount St. Mary's College, 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 St. Mary’s College, 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 St. Mary’s College; Kimberly Fowler, CEO/Founder, YAS Fitness Centers; Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount St. Mary’s College; 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.

Relive the Highlights
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Mount St. Mary's College President Ann McElaney-Johnson welcomes the nearly 800 guests who attended the public release of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California on March 29, 2012.

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The audience was a mix of representatives from different women's organizations, professionals, educators, Mount alums and students, and high school students, among others.

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Helen Boutrous, chair and associate professor of the History and Political Sciences Department at Mount St. Mary's College, gives an overview of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.

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Keynote speaker Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is now the new chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

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Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder of ProAmerica Bank, shares an inspiring message about succeeding as a woman in business and politics.

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Mount St. Mary's College Trustee Val Zavala, vice president of news and public affairs at KCET, moderates the panel discussion.

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Panel members were, from left, Maria Blanco, California Community Foundation; Judy Patrick, Women's Foundation of California; Kimberly Fowler, YAS Fitness Centers; and Linda Sax, UCLA.

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Azure Antoinette, left, closed the presentation with a spoken word performance. She is photographed here with Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Ann McElaney-Johnson, and Geena Davis.

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Yoga expert Kimberly Fowler, founder of YAS Fitness Centers, joins the panel discussion with Women's Foundation of California President and CEO Judy Patrick, and professor and author Linda Sax.

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Mount St. Mary's College students chat with associate professor Helen Boutrous after the presentation.

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Panelist Linda Sax, author and UCLA professor, talks to a reporter from KPCC about the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California.

 
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