Mayor Garcetti commits to continue working towards gender equity on International Women’s Day

Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland will host The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly next week

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated International Women’s Day today by highlighting the importance of supporting women and girls, and reaffirming his commitment to bold action toward gender equity.

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary but often unacknowledged contributions that women have made throughout history,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The day is also a chance to recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equity. One of my top priorities is making sure that every Angeleno has a shot at realizing their dreams — and lifting up women and girls is critical to that work.”

Progress toward gender equity will be at the center of the conversation when the Mayor and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland host The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly, to be held March 14 at the University of Southern California.

The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly will bring together Angelenos — including civic and thought leaders, as well as 700 girls, young women, and trans youth — for in-depth conversations, panels, and presentations on the state of gender equality in Los Angeles.

“Mayor Garcetti has put gender equality at the center of his administration’s work to build a better Los Angeles — and we are making extraordinary progress in supporting women’s leadership and broadening the number and quality of opportunities for girls across the City,” said First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland. “I was proud to partner with the Mayor to initiate the Report on the Status of Women and Girls, and this conference is an important step toward deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The event is comprised of two major components:

The Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address will run from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and features keynote addresses by Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland. It will take place at the Town & Gown Ballroom, 665 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

The Los Angeles Young Women’s Assembly will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is for young people from across the city who have been invited to participate. The programming features workshops, leadership training, and panel discussions with top women leaders in the public and private sectors. This will take place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Speakers include:

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland
  • City Councilmember Nury Martinez
  • Eva Longoria, actress and philanthropist  
  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of the ACT-1 Group
  • Carmelita Jeter, three-time Olympic medalist
  • Dr. Frances Gibson, LAUSD Chief Academic Officer

“I’m grateful to have a strong partner in Mayor Eric Garcetti as we build a pipeline for women leaders in our City,” said Councilwoman Nury Martinez.  “We must do everything possible to open the doors and create opportunities for women to succeed at every level in all of our City’s industries.  The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly will build on our efforts to break down barriers for women and girls in our City.”

WeWork is the presenting sponsor of The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly. Partner sponsors include Azteca, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and AT&T. The event is a program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti's Innovation Team (i-team), which is supported by a $2.55 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“At WeWork we believe that by working together every person — and that means every girl and every woman — can powerfully affect positive change in the world," said Jon Slavet, GM – West, WeWork. “We are honored to support The Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls and Young Women's Assembly and look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Wakeland to continue the important work of supporting girls and women in entrepreneurship."

About International Women's Day
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s campaign theme calls for a better working, more gender inclusive world.

For more information visit: www.internationalwomensday.com