Commission On The Status Of Women


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The National Association of Commissions for Women Conference 


LACSW and Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office are pleased to invite you to the 48th National Association of Commissions for Women Conference on August 1-4, 2018, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, CA. With a conference theme of Cities Leading Women, this conference will attract women and supporters from across the country seeking a renewed spirit and tools to make a difference for women and families in their communities. 

When you attend the annual NACW conference, you will have the opportunity to:

  • ​Network and build relationships with local government representatives across the country;
  • Learn best practices and innovative programming ideas to help you fulfill your mission and advocate effectively for women in your communities;
  • Learn how to adopt gender equity strategies and best practices in your municipality; 
  • Get hands on tools, training, and briefings on key women’s issues
  • Learn tactics to fund and operate successful programs

We are currently working hard to plan a conference packed full of exciting, informative, and energizing information. To get up-to-date information about the conference program, go to:

Who should attend?

  • State and local legislators
  • Women's Commission board and staff members
  • National and local women’s organizations
  • Women’s empowerment activists
  • Leaders in nonprofit sector, business, academia, and more! 


Sponsorship Opportunities 

For over forty-eight years, NACW has represented the interests of Women's Commissions on state, county, and city level, who in turn, articulate the ideas and concerns of millions of women and girls from across the nation.

LACSW Mission Statement 

Established through an ordinance passed by Mayor Tom Bradley in 1975, the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women (LACSW) was re-launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti with a new Commissionership dedicated to co-powering gender equity in Los Angeles. The LACSW's mandate is to advance the general welfare of women and girls in the Los Angeles community and to ensure that all women have full and equal participation in City government.

The LACSW mission is to:

Inform and Advise the Mayor and City Council of the needs and challenges that Los Angeles women face, with special emphasis placed on women in City government.

Investigate problems and conditions adversely affecting women.

Recommend solutions to problems impacting women; identify programs that offer a greater opportunity and ability for Los Angeles Women to pursue life choices to pursue life choices without discrimination.

Propose methods of alleviating gender-based inequities in pay and job opportunities.

Promote awareness of changing life patterns, opportunities and responsibilities of women.

Maintain relationships with citizen groups that are committed to identifying and removing obstacles to the development of a woman's full potential.

LACSW Commissioners

Meet our commissioners and explore how they are working to advance the well-being of women and girls in LA. 

Jackie Filla, President
Nancy Perlman, Vice President
Erma Bernard-Gibson, Delegate
Jessica Postigo, Commissioner
Alice Y. Hom, Commissioner 
​Maryam Zar, Commissioner
Richelle Huizar, Commissioner 

LACSW Initiatives

The Report on the Status of Women and Girls 
In 2015, the LACSW, in partnership with Mount Saint Mary's University and Mayor Eric Garcetti released The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles - the first-ever study focusing on the issues and trends affecting women and girls in the City of Los Angeles. The release was followed by a presentation in City Council, which provided specific data on Demographics, Leadership, Veterans, Education and Workforce Development, and Public Safety. In addition to this report, LACSW, through Commissioner Jackie Filla, is contributing to the annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California

Ready to Run 
The Ready to Run® program is an annual nonpartisan campaign training for women hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s Center for the Advancement of Women. The program focuses on the election process and provides opportunities for women interested in politics to gain experience about the political process. Mount Saint Mary's University is the exclusive Southern California partner of Ready to Run with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

“No amount of leaning in or marching will bring about the direct, substantive changes that put women on a path to equality like running for office and being elected to serve.”
-Jackie Filla, LACSW President, PhD, Mount Saint Mary’s associate professor, History and Political Science Dept. & organizer of Ready to Run.

Pioneer Women's Awards 
Since 1989, LACSW has partnered with City Council and the Mayor of LA, in honoring female leaders for their exemplary contribution to the City through the Pioneer Women’s Awards. Together, they have awarded 400+ resilient women and brought awareness to their specific area of work while fostering closer relationships between the City and community leaders. 

Read the 2018 presentation by Commissioner Jessica Postigo in City Council here

Cities for CEDAW 
Since the adoption of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Executive Directive on Gender Equity in City Operations (ED No. 11), LACSW has raised awareness about the City’s work in national and international forum, and championed its implementation. LACSW is working with the Mayor’s Office and other Departments, including the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) and LA Metro to facilitate its implementation. In 2018, ED No. 11 was referenced for the first time in the EWDD’s Request for Proposal for the City's WorkSource Centers serving 96, 000 people every year. Additionally, the RFP clarified that the EEWD is seeking proposals from agencies that:

Provide women and men equal job training opportunities;
Work proactively to prevent gender stereotyping;
Make conscious efforts to close the gender wage gap.

"Look Again" 
Look Again is a media campaign produced by LACSW, through Jessica Postigo and Nancy Perlman, in partnership with the LAPD. The intention of the campaign is to capture public attention and make Angelenos aware of the realities surrounding child sex trafficking. It is not happening "somewhere else" – it is right in our neighborhoods. The victims are not removed from our everyday life – they are just like girls we all know, as young as 8. As awareness and understanding of human trafficking is the first step to stopping it, the campaign asks Angelenos to "Look Again" and learn the signs of trafficking, as well as to reconsider their perception of it. Someone else is not going to child sex trafficking – it is up to the community and law enforcement.

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
LACSW is actively engaged in the City’s efforts to prevent and address sexual harassment in City Departments. Through Council meetings, Commission meetings, and in conversations with Councilmembers, LACSW has drawn attention to and provided recommendations on the City’s policy and processes. On January 19, 2018, LACSW decided to nominate Commissioner Maryam Zar to the Risk Reduction Cabinet’s Working Group. You can read LACSW’s statement on sexual harassment in the workplace here

City Hall X 
City Hall X (CHX) is a monthly speaker series, exclusively for women working in the Los Angeles City Government that was launched in January, 2015. Every month, CHX invites one of the stellar women working in the Los Angeles City Government to share her story with other women. For those who attend, it's a transformative experience, an entirely different way to connect with the women they work with, especially the women in leadership positions. 

National Association of Commissions for Women 
As a member of the National Association for Women’s Commission (NACW), LACSW has built relationships with other Women’s Commission, exchanged best practices, and raised awareness about the City’s work. LACSW participates in the NACW’s national, annual conference and will be hosting its next conference in Los Angeles in August, 2018, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office.

Crises Text Line 
Crisis Text Line (CTL) is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis; users can text 741741 from anywhere within the U.S. to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor. LACSW created a partnership between LA City and CTL with the mission of raising awareness among Angelenos about CTL’s free service. In addition, CTL assigned the keyword “LA” to the region, which enables CTL to collect data specific to LA. That data is passed along to the City, free of charge, and may be instrumental in informing policy strategy around health and wellness, public safety and more.

Making LA Happen 
Making LA Happen” is the first in a series of videos profiling the phenomenal women working in LA City government. The project was a collaboration between LACSW and LA’s Information Technology Agency, produced by LA Cityview 35, in partnership with the Directors Guild of America. LACSW is committed to fostering stories about women in the media and to raise awareness about the extraordinary women leaders within city government, who, all too often, are not recognized for their tremendous contributions. Featured leaders include:

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Ana Guerrero, Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff
Kristin Crowley, Los Angeles's first female Fire Marshall
Deborah Flint, General Manager, Los Angeles Airports

Human Trafficking Prevention Training 
CSW, in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department, has worked to increase the number of trainings on human trafficking. In these trainings, participants learnt:

Warning signs of human trafficking;
The importance a victim-centered approach that focuses on victims physical and emotional well-being;
Ways to partner with public and private organizations to provide a network of support.

Connecting Women Business Owners to Power
At the “Connecting Women to Power” conference, hosted by Jerome Horton, member for the 4th District and former Chair of the California Board of Equalization, LACSW facilitated the distribution of business development resources to thousands of women attending. In partnership with the Economic and Workforce Development Department, LACSW ensured women learnt how to access resources on:

Funding opportunities;
Business Development;
Marketing and public relations. 

Want to download a summary of the LACSW projects? Click here


Meeting Agendas & Minutes

The City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women usually meets every third Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010 (200 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). Find Meeting Agendas here  and read past Meeting Minutes here. If you would like to receive more information about meetings, subscribe here

Get Involved 

Our meetings are open to the public and no prior registration is needed. Please see the calendar and agendas for more information on our monthly meetings and other activities. If you want to present your work/project before the Commission at our monthly meeting, please email LACSW Project Coordinator, Caroline Toren

We partner with organizations with a commitment to supporting women and girls. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please email LACSW Project Coordinator, Caroline Toren

If you want more information on LACSW's ongoing activities, please fill in this form

LA Commission on the Status of Women
Los Angeles
1200 W. 7th Street, 9th floor
Los Angeles, California 90017

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