“Women marched, taught, and fought to guide our country toward equality — to build a society in which they could have a seat at the table where decisions are made about their bodies, our communities, and the economy. Today we celebrate the legacy of the courageous suffragettes and fearless pioneers who challenged America to live up to its founding principles. Our responsibility is to finish the work they began — by pushing harder to end gender discrimination in all its forms, and giving our daughters the guarantee of equal opportunity, pay, and access to healthcare that all people deserve. Here in Los Angeles, we’re setting that example every day by expanding opportunities for girls in STEM education, broadening girls’ access to sports and fitness programs, and reaching gender parity on our boards and commissions for the first time in City history.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
In 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued an executive directive on gender equity, which called on every City department to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — and directed them to study how their services affect women and girls, set goals for improvement, and measure success. He also asked the Commission on the Status of Women to order a report that could help guide policymaking around the economic, social, and other inequities faced by women. “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles,” the first study of its kind, was prepared by Mount Saint Mary’s University and can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen.
Last March, Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland hosted the Inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly, which brought 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.