Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told attendees at yesterday’s inaugural Los Angeles State of Women & Girls Address to focus on how far women’s rights have come, and not to focus on President Donald Trump.
“When people are worried that we are going to go backwards, stop
thinking about that,” Garcetti said. “Let’s start thinking about how far
forward we can push. Let us for a moment stop fixating on the most powerful man
in the country and start thinking about the most vulnerable people in the
The address, which was delivered at USC’s Town and Gown Ballroom, came
at the opening of the inaugural Young Women’s Assembly, which was attended by
city and civic leaders from around Los Angeles.
The assembly included 700 girls, young women and trans youth aged 16 to
21 who took part in discussions with top women leaders from the public and
private sectors, and included a resource fair with the participation of 25
nonprofit and public-sector organizations.
Garcetti also said he believes gender equity should not just be seen as
an issue, but a value.
“It’s a universal value. It’s a prism through which we should see
everything we do. When general managers come to me at the end of the year, and
some of you know it, I ask them, `What are you doing on gender equity?”’
The event was co-hosted by Garcetti’s wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, who co-
presented a 2017 gender equity award with Jessica Postigo, president of Los
Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, to Ted Ross, the general manager and
chief information officer for the city’s Information Technology Agency.
Wakeland said Ross was being recognized for creating opportunities for
women in the department.
“Forty percent of the agency’s programmers are women. That matters,”
Wakeland said. “Many of the leading tech companies have as little as 20
percent female programmers, meaning that our city’s ITA is an industry leader
on this issue.”
The event was a program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and
Garcetti’s Innovation Team, which is supported by a $2.55 million grant from
City News Service.
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