Mayor Eric Garcetti will be celebrating Women's Equality Day this evening by signing an executive directive calling on city departments to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which the City adopted in 2004.
"Our city only succeeds if everyone has an equal shot at success. For too long, our women and girls have been left behind and counted out, and I want Los Angeles to lead in employing and empowering women," said Mayor Garcetti. "With this executive directive, we recognize that while we still have far to go, we can make progress -- by working collaboratively, measuring what we do, and trying innovative approaches."
The directive requires each General Manager or Head of Department to submit a Gender Equity Action Plan by February 1, 2016 to implement a gender-equity strategy that:
upholds an inclusive work environment that promotes fairness and fosters the equal participation of women in leadership positions at all levels;
tracks recruitment in fields where women remain underrepresented (such as public safety, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and addresses such underrepresentation;
tracks contracts and promotes ways to ensure equal contracting opportunities for women-owned business enterprises;
evaluates City services to discover ways to increase gender parity and to promote equal opportunities for, and the advancement of, women and girls;
provides any raw data regarding sex and gender on the City’s open-data portal;
identifies and develops baseline metrics regarding the status of women and girls; and
publishes to the online Gender Equity Dashboard metrics and indicators related to the status of women and girls.
- Los Angeles is home to roughly 108,000 veterans, 6% of whom are women, compared with 8% at the national level.
- In Los Angeles, female veterans are more diverse and younger than their male counterparts. Fifty-six percent of female veterans are people of color, compared with 47% of male veterans. Twenty-five percent of female veterans are under the age of 35, compared with 9% of male veterans.
- Employed female veterans in Los Angeles earned a median income more than $9,000 greater than non-veteran females in 2012.
- Los Angeles women with year-round, full-time jobs earn $0.97 for every $1 earned by men. However, for the pool of all employed women, including those with temporary or part-time jobs, 11% have salaries below the poverty line, and women working year-round, full-time jobs in L.A.
- Twenty-five percent of L.A.’s women currently lack a high school degree. An additional 20% have a high school degree but no additional educational attainment.
- Overall crime rates in the City of Los Angeles decreased for 12 consecutive years, yet 2014 and the first half of 2015 saw an increase in reports of violent crimes, including aggravated assaults and domestic violence crimes. In 2014, reports of violent crime in Los Angeles increased 14.3% from the previous year, with reports of spousal abuse increasing 27.7%.
- In 2014, women comprised 19% of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)’s approximately 10,000 police officers. Out of a total LAPD workforce of 12,711 people (including both civilian and sworn staff police officers), 28% are women.
- Out of 3,244 total firefighting positions in 2014, women made up just under 3% of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)’s force of firefighters. Out of a total LAFD workforce of 3,470 people (including both civilian and sworn staff firefighters), 7% are women.
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