Women’s Equality Day 2019

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It’s been 99 years since our nation officially gave women a voice at the ballot box, and a vote in our democracy. But when the Getty House Foundation celebrates Women’s Equality Day, we’re doing more than marking an anniversary. We’re showing Los Angeles just how far we’ve come in building a more just and inclusive city, while recommitting ourselves to keeping the fight for equality alive, and doing everything we can to empower the women and girls leading L.A. Today, we were proud to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland to honor some of the women who are living reminders of this legacy — breaking new ground in their industries, and paving the way for the next generation to follow in their footsteps.


  • Councilmember Nury Martinez, first Latina to hold a leadership position on the L.A. City Council, and first to hold the position of President Pro-Tempore;
  • Chief of Staff to Mayor Garcetti Ana Guerrero, first Latina to serve as Chief of Staff to the mayor of a big city in the United States;
  • Ambassador Nina Hachigian, the first U.S. Ambassador to serve as Deputy Mayor in Los Angeles, and the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in L.A.’s history;
  • Denise Verret, the first woman and African American to become general manager of an accredited zoo in the nation;
  • Cat Packer, L.A.’s first City Cannabis Director, the first African American and LGBTQ woman to serve as a General Manager in L.A., and the youngest General Manager appointed by the Garcetti Administration;
  • Norma Isahakian, the first woman to run L.A.’s Bureau of Street Services;
  • Rachel Malarich, L.A.’s first City Forest Officer;
  • Regina Scott, the first African American woman to hold the rank of Deputy Chief of the LAPD’s Central Bureau, and the first to be named Commander in 2011; and
  • Kristin Crowley, L.A.’s first female LAFD Fire Marshall.



Title IX Day: Dreaming big with the next generation of sports stars

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The sun may have been hiding, but that didn’t stop 300 middle-school girls from playing their hearts out with us at the Getty House Foundation’s annual Title IX Day celebration. Supported by Getty House Foundation and the LA84 Foundation,  Nike sponsored and powered this event to celebrate the landmark legislation that helped put women’s sports on the map. Nike supplied the basketballs, soccer balls, and yoga mats— while the students brought their A-game, and showed us all what “girl power” really looks like.


After warming up for their circuit rotations, the girls were treated to a visit by Paralympian track star Scout Bassett, whose story of perseverance and heart had us all on our feet. Together with First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland’s reflection on growing up in the early days of Title IX, these stories were powerful reminders that when we double-down on our commitment to getting more girls on our courts and fields — especially those in our most underserved communities — there’s no limit to what they can achieve. And through Girls Play L.A., Los Angeles has done just that, doubling the number of girls who play sports at the City’s Recreation and Parks centers in just two short years — making today’s activities accessible to young Angelenos in every neighborhood. To learn more about girls’ sports programming in your community, visit https://www.laparks.org/sports/gpla.

Women and Young Girls Health & Wellness Fair


A new year means the promise of a fresh start. It’s also a chance for all of us to let go of the bad habits that hold us back, and embrace new ones that push us to become our best selves. That’s why every January, millions of Americans begin new journeys towards health and wellness — whether they’re lacing up and hitting the gym or just getting around to that not-so-annual physical.

The Getty House Foundation’s mission is to build a healthy, thriving Los Angeles, so to kick off 2019, we invited women and young girls from all over the city to start the year with a clean bill of health. From college students to veterans to women experiencing homelessness, every participant got to hear from an expert panel of inspiring female healthcare leaders, then meet local healthcare providers who were there to check vitals, teach Angelenos about breast and cervical cancer prevention, and share healthy living tips for the mind, body, and soul.

The afternoon was filled with fun, too, as girls decked out in face paint learned how to bandage fake wounds, mothers and daughters sun-salutationed away their stress, and everyone got to experience the magic of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team mini therapy horses. We hope that everyone picked up some new healthy habits, and that they’ll carry what they learned into a new year bright with opportunity!

Title IX Day: Putting girls in the game

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When Team USA arrived in Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics, only 84 of the 400 American athletes were women. Fast-forward to Rio in 2016: women outnumbered men 294-264, and outmedaled them 61-55. Had our female athletes competed as their own nation, they would have placed third overall, and tied for first in the gold medal count. That extraordinary success means one thing: we cannot stop fighting for equal representation in youth sports, because more girls — especially in our lowest-income communities — need to be empowered to pursue their own athletic greatness.

Each journey to the medal stand begins somewhere — summer camps, varsity teams, endless nights on neighborhood courts — and thanks to Title IX, discrimination doesn’t have to stand in the way of those dreams. So for our annual Title IX Day celebration, the Getty House Foundation teamed up with Nike — as well as Misty May-Treanor, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Angela Davis, and Gina Rodriguez — to help hundreds of middle school girls be fearless, have fun, and find their inner champion.

Ten years from now, the world will turn its eyes to Los Angeles for the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad — and in 2028, we want to showcase a city where no child is left on the bench because of her gender, race, ZIP code, or physical challenges.

To learn more about girls’ sports programming in your community, visit laparks.org/sports/gpla.

Participating athletes:

  • Misty May-Treanor, three-time Olympic gold medalist volleyball player
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic bronze medalist fencer
  • Angela Davis, USA Track & Field five-time All-American and motivational coach
  • Gina Rodriguez, actor

Stopping sexual harassment in its tracks


No one should be subjected to a hostile or abusive work environment. But if they are, they should be equipped with the tools they need to easily report their complaint, and feel confident that it will be properly investigated. City Hall must set an example for L.A.’s entire workforce – by making a systemic shift in how it handles sexual harassment and discrimination reporting.

On April 30, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation welcomed professionals and influencers from the entertainment, tech, labor, and academic communities to mark the release of Mayor Garcetti’s 23rd Executive Directive on harassment and discrimination – a comprehensive plan that establishes new, best-in-class tools and processes to centralize and streamline reporting.

The Mayor also launched My Voice LA, a new online portal that will enable current and former City employees, elected officials, commissioners, and individuals who do business with the City to report harassment and discrimination. Together, these measures will allow the City to hold itself more accountable and better measure its progress toward a goal that everyone should be serious about: eliminating all forms of harassment and discrimination from the workplace.

You can read Mayor Garcetti’s 23rd Executive Directive here.


  • Josefa Salinas, radio personality and Public Library Commissioner
  • Adama Iwu, Board President of the We Said Enough Foundation
  • Alejandra Valles, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU-USWW
  • Jessica Ladd, Founder and CEO of Callisto

Inspiring the next generation of superheroes


Young girls grow up with big dreams. Oftentimes, they want to become superheroes – saving lives, fighting fires, and stopping the bad guys on our streets. But when women make up just over 18% of our City’s police officers, and 3% of our firefighters, girls are left wondering whether those dreams can really come true.

So on March 15, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation hosted a group of these gifted, bright, and motivated young women for a recruitment fair, where they tried on fire equipment and police gear, learned CPR, ran fitness drills, and found out what it takes to become an LAPD or LAFD officer – from real life heroes who turned their childhood aspirations into successful careers. After the recruitment fair, Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness led a discussion with LAPD and LAFD leaders on the challenges that female public safety officers face out in the field, and their efforts to bring more women into the fold.

If you know a young girl who may be interested in a public safety career, visit the LAPD and LAFD resources below for more information on youth programs:


  • Kirsten Vangsness, actress
  • Caroline Carpenter, LAFD Firefighter
  • Breanna Carlson, LAPD Police Officer I

2018 Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony Day


Today we hosted our annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon – where we come together to recognize the historic contributions of two pioneering women by inviting female community leaders to share their own stories of success. The luncheon gives LAUSD students an opportunity to meet accomplished women from a variety of professions, and engage in insightful conversations about their career paths.

This year, L.A. Sparks President & COO Christine Simmons, actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and radio personality Josefa Salinas joined 300 high school girls to discuss the challenges of working in male-dominated industries, the #MeToo movement, and the importance of never giving up on a dream.

Title IX Day

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The future sports champions of the world enjoyed the spotlight on the lawns of Getty House this summer, showing off their weightlifting, cycling, and kickboxing skills for the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual Title IX Day, featuring guest speakers and sports clinics for young women. The event celebrates the landmark legislation that ended gender discrimination in public education and established federal assistance for women’s sports programs.

The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to 200 middle school girls from across Los Angeles about the importance of participating in sports and the many ways Title IX has advanced women’s rights. They encouraged the girls to join sports programs available across the city through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Allison Compton, a Paralympian, spoke to the girls about her experience as an athlete and her resilience in pushing through adversity in the sports world.

As Los Angeles prepares to host the Olympics in 2028, there’s no better time than the present to start investing in our city’s future Olympians. Through Title IX Day and expanded opportunities at the city’s parks and recreation centers, the girls and women of Los Angeles will be more equipped than ever to compete with the world’s best athletes.

2017 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon


In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.

First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland led a panel discussion in which Congresswoman Nannette Diaz Barragan, Brookfield Propereties Senior Vice President Bea Hsu, Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds, and Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint discussed their career paths and the importance of mentorship.


Women Serving on Neighborhood Councils

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted an event to celebrate the women who serve on Neighborhood Councils (NCs) throughout the City.

In Los Angeles, there are 96 NCs with 660 women serving in leadership positions. Currently, 40% of NC members are women; one of Mayor Garcetti’s goals is to work to achieve gender parity on Neighborhood Councils. Grayce Liu, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, congratulated the NC members at the event on their success at winning their elections and their accomplishments serving on NCs.

Women in STEM

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted an event to match women pioneers in STEM careers in the private sector with students from throughout Los Angeles enrolled in STEM programs. The event opened with a video produced by the Bureau of Engineering of the City of Los Angeles that showcased women explaining why they love being engineers for the City. Event participants learned of the Mayor’s ongoing education and workforce initiatives that encourage and promote girls and women in STEM fields. The students also networked and connected with mentorship opportunities.

Public Works Commissioner Heather Repenning moderated a panel that included Dr. Leslie Shoemaker of Tetra Tech (water infrastructure); Diana Mendes of HNTB (engineering); Tacy Trowbridge, the Global Lead of Education Programs at Adobe (digital art/technology); and Lilian Coral, the Chief Data Officer of the City of Los Angeles.

Women’s Equality Day


Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the Garcetti Administration’s goals for gender equity in the Fire and Police Departments.  

Assistant Police Chief Mike Moore, Assistant Fire Chief Kristin Crowley, Fire Commission President Delia Ibarra, and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, joined the Mayor on stage for a panel discussion.

Assistant Police Chief Beatrice Girmala was the featured guest speaker. She talked about her career path and described the myriad of career opportunities at the Police and Fire Departments.

Title IX Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual sports clinic for girls in celebration of the landmark legislation known as Title IX, which ended gender discrimination in public education and federally assisted programs and is best known for its impact on high school and collegiate athletics.

The event kicked off with remarks from Renata Simril, the President and CEO of LA84 Foundation, and Olympian Janet Evans. Two hundred girls participated in a ten-part obstacle course followed by a stretch and cool down.

2016 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon


In honor of the birthdays of both Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors hosted their annual mentoring luncheon for high school students from all over Los Angeles to network with accomplished women from various professions.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King was the featured keynote speaker. Students asked Superintendent King questions about her career path, her role as Superintendent, and her vision for the future of LAUSD.

A Conversation with Gloria Steinem

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed feminist, journalist, social icon, and political activist Gloria Steinem to Getty House.

The event commenced with a slam poetry performance by young women from Get Lit, a nationally recognized organization that has stemmed dropout rates and increased literacy among youths in Los Angeles through the teaching of poetry.

The First Lady then conversed with Ms. Steinem about her life and work as well as her latest book, My Life on the Road. The young women in attendance were given the opportunity to ask Ms. Steinem questions, and each guest received a signed copy of her book.

Women in New Media


Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors welcomed leading new media content creators and personalities to discuss how new media are creating opportunities for women to launch media careers. New media platforms such as YouTube, Periscope, Facebook Live, and Tumblr provide forums where women can create content to broadcast to audiences without having to go through the mainstream channels that may hinder women’s success.

Innovation and Performance Commissioner Catherine Geanuracos introduced the panelists for the evening: Moderator Sarah Penna, Head of Awestruck; Beatriz Acevedo, the CEO of Mitu; Ann Le, a producer at Dear White People and Secret Cinema & Fluency Studios;Aaliyah Williams, the founder and CEO of Just A Rebel Productions; and Rachel Miller, a partner and co-founder of Haven Entertainment/Film2Future.

Global Girl Media covered the event for their online channel with student reporters. The young women videotaped the program and interviewed our panelists and guests. It was a real-life experience for these budding journalists.

Women’s Equality Day

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, and the Getty House Foundation Board of Directors celebrated Women’s Equality Day by highlighting the strides the Garcetti Administration has made towards gender equity and improving the quality of life for women and girls in Los Angeles.

The Mayor and the First Lady announced the completion and release of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and researched by Mount St. Mary’s University. The Report is the first comprehensive study of women and girls that focuses on Los Angeles.

The Mayor also signed his Executive Directive No. 11:  Gender Equity in City Operations to establish achieving gender equity as a citywide priority.  Executive Directive No. 11 creates the Mayor’s Gender Equity Coalition to work with each City Department in developing and implementing a Gender Equity Action Plan to eradicate gender-based disparities.

Title IX Day


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, marking the 43rd anniversary of the groundbreaking legislation’s passage.

The Mayor and the First Lady spoke to the girls about the importance of Title IX, the advances women have made because of this legislation, and sports resources available through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

The sports clinic featured circuit stops where 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


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 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 departmental 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 L.A.’s 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


The Pioneer Women Awards provide an opportunity for the Commission on the Status of Women and local elected officials 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 honorees. 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 25 years of women who have helped shape Los Angeles.

2015 Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon


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 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 L.A. 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, My Money My Future Inc./Mi Dinero Mi Futuro
Thien Ho, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, Panda Restaurant Group, and owner of Xoia Vietnamese Eats & Kure Spa