Girls Sports Clinic: In honor of Title IX Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a Girls Sports Clinic in honor Title IX Day. Today marked the 43rd Anniversary of the bill’s passage.

Mayor Garcetti & First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland spoke to the girls about the importance of Title IX, the advances women have made because of this legislation and resources that the City of Los Angeles makes available to them, through the Department of Recreation and Parks, in the world of sports and recreation.

The sports clinic featured circuit stops where groups of girls learned self-defense, basketball training, golf putting, soccer drills, softball stances, and stretching techniques. Alana Beard, from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, joined the event and spoke to the girls about her start in sports and pushing through adversity.

Preview of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted a preview of the initial results of The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, the first-ever study focusing on the issues and trends affecting the women and girls in the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti asked the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women to commission the report to guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequalities facing women.

The five-part report was researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University.  The first two parts, released today, examine gender equity in the areas of Demographics and Leadership. The other areas of focus are Education and Workforce Development, Public Safety, and L.A.’s Veterans.

In addition to announcing the results of the report, Mayor Garcetti also announced the strides his administration has made thus far to achieve greater equity in city government.  Three of Mayor Garcetti’s four Deputy Mayors are women. Of the twelve new General Managers he’s appointed, six are women.  And for the first time in history, City Hall has achieved gender parity on its forty-one boards and commissions — in Mayor Garcetti’s administration, women hold 54% of these positions, and there are no longer any all-male boards or commissions.

Key findings of the first two parts of the report include:
-Women of color comprise 72% of Los Angeles’ female population, with Latinas representing 48% of all women in the City.
-25% of all L.A. women (25 years and older) do not have a high school degree, compared with 13% of U.S. women. 63% of L.A. women have not attained a post-secondary degree, compared to 62% of U.S. women.
-30% of all L.A. women under the age of 18 live in poverty. The L.A. poverty rate for single mothers raising children under the age of five is 49% – four times greater than the poverty rate for married couples.
-L.A. women’s median earnings are $25,557 versus $30,399 for men, meaning women earn $0.84 for every $1.00 a man earns.
-28% of city employees are women.
-Women provide 78% of the City’s administrative support staff and only 2% of employees classified as “skilled craft.”
-Women in Los Angeles City Government earn $0.83 for every $1.00 earned by men.

The first two parts of the report can be viewed at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen.

25th Anniversary of the Pioneer Women Awards

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The Pioneer Women Awards provide an opportunity for the Commission on the Status of Women and local elected official to honor those whose lifelong work advances the status of women and girls in the City of Los Angeles. Each year, members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Commission on the Status of Women nominate an honoree from his or her district. This year marked the 25th installment of the awards. Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together past and present honorees at Getty House to celebrate the award’s 25th anniversary and all of the women who have helped shape Los Angeles.

2015 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together 150 women leaders working in various fields to teach leadership and networking skills to 150 young women from cross-sections of Los Angeles. This inaugural event of the 2015 Women’s Leadership Series featured special guest speaker Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The Mayor and the First Lady hosted this event for the second year at their residence, in honor of two historically renowned women leaders: Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom have February birthdays.

Women’s Equality Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Councilmember Nury Martinez, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors brought together women business owners and entrepreneurs from all over Los Angeles for an open discussion about women’s equality on the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment. Women at all levels of business met and networked, gained valuable support from resource tables, and engaged in a discussion to share their thoughts with the Mayor and First Lady on what LA can do to help women thrive in today’s business environment. The panel featured:

CAROLINE STYNE, Owner and Wine Director, The Lucques Group
TRACY GRAY, Managing Director, The 22 Capital Group
RAMONA ORTEGA, Founder and CEO of My Money My Future Inc./Mi Dinero Mi Futuro
THIEN HO, Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations for Panda Restaurant Group & Owner of Xoia Vietnamese Eats & Kure Spa