Women’s Conference: State of Women & Girls and Young Women’s Assembly (2017 – 2020)

To highlight progress toward gender equity in L.A., the event brought more than 1,000 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students over three years together with inspiring women leaders from across sectors.

Bringing together L.A. leaders and 1,000+ young people for gender equity.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland hosted the inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women’s Assembly on March 14, 2017. Taking place at the University of Southern California, the event brought together leaders from government, business, sports, and the nonprofit world, as well as hundreds of LAUSD students, for a series of in-depth conversations, workshops, and presentations on gender equality in Los Angeles. The event included 700+ LAUSD students involved in workshops, leadership training, and panel discussions featuring top women leaders in the business, entertainment, finance, technology, and public sectors. Students also participated in a resource fair featuring dozens of nonprofit organizations.

The address and conference also served as an opportunity to gather support for these programs that empower and enrich the lives of young women and girls across Los Angeles. The event launched both Girls Play L.A., offering improved programming at parks where girls’ sports and fitness participation is low; and, highlighted Girls Fire Camp, a new two-day program that pairs girls ages 14-18 with active duty LAFD female firefighters and cadets for hands-on activities with firefighting tools, equipment, and personal protective gear.

The event continued in both Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 at which more than 1,000 women and girls attended and included an Expo of women-led small businesses and programs focused on supporting the success of girls.

Key Impact

3 events
1,000+ students/young women participated

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Mayor’s Innovation Team
First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and Mayor Eric Garcetti
LA City Department General Managers
Los Angeles Unified School District

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