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LOS ANGELES, CA, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mount Saint Mary’s University will release the 2023 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ on March 22 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The event will feature women leaders and experts from the Los Angeles area, including LA County Supervisors Holly J MitchellPresident and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Maria S Salinasand new CEO of LAHSA Va Lecia Adams Kellumamong other.

For the past twelve years, the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s has produced the most authoritative collection of current research and data on issues affecting women and girls in California. This year’s report Promoting justice: Leading with meaning and purposeilluminates a wide range of topics, from educational attainment and occupational differences to income and wealth disparities, health and well-being, and work-life balance.

“We are pleased to share this year’s data. As the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the country, we are committed to leading the conversation on gender equality,” said Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD, President of Mount Saint Mary’s. “We hope this research will be eye-opening and continue to influence national policy.”

President McElaney-Johnson is available for interview and can speak to the data, put it in the context of its impact and discuss actionable insights to create a more just and meaningful future for California’s women and girls. Please let me know if you would like a locked copy of the report or would like to arrange an interview prior to publication.

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We also invite you to attend the Report event on March 22nd. For a full list of speakers and to register for the event, visit the report page (redeem special media code EventVIP23 for free registration).

Report Data Highlights 2023

Some key findings from this year’s research show that:

  • 2020 and 2021, 13% of Californian women lost their jobs. Rough 1 out of 4 experienced loss of income due to short-time work.
  • The average earnings of California women working full-time increased by 14% from 2019 to 2021. The earnings of women working part-time increased 9%.
  • The flexibility to work remotely seems to be here to stay. In 2019, every 14th woman worked from home. 2021, 1 out of 3 worked remotely.
  • Overall, poverty affects 9% of California family households. But for households headed by women, with no spouse or partner present, the Poverty rate more than doubled to 21%. For female-headed households with children, the rate increases to 29%.
  • Our state is home to the largest number of women-owned businesses in the United States 1.5 million. California women own or share 36% of the state’s private companies with salaried employees.
  • COVID-19 has affected our life expectancy, women and men. The life expectancy of all Californians has fallen from 80.9 years in 2019 to 79.0 years in 2020 – almost two-year decline in a single year.
  • An estimate 38.2% of women were plagued by Long COVID nationwide compared to 20.8% of men.


Mount Saint Mary’s is the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The university is nationally known for its research into gender equality, innovative health and science programs, and commitment to community service.

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As a premier liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary’s offers flexible and online programs year-round for undergraduate and graduate students. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered for both women and men. Mount alums are committed, active global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities, and the world. Learn more at

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