Mayor Eric Garcetti marked Women’s Equality Day on Wednesday night by signing an executive directive aimed at encouraging more gender equity in the city.
The directive will require department heads to create an action plan by February, detailing how they would create parity for women in “all levels” of leadership roles, promote the participation of women in fields where they are typically underrepresented, use city services to build more gender equity, increase participation in city contracts by women-owned business, and discuss other questions.
Garcetti signed the directive at a private engagement Wednesday night with city commissioners and general managers, Garcetti’s associate director of communications Vicki Curry.
Garcetti also said the final three installments of “The Report on the Status of Women and Girls” were released Wednesday, giving data in the categories of veterans, education and workforce development, and public safety.
The initial portion of the study by Mount Saint Mary’s University was released in March and included figures related to demographics and leadership.
The full report can be found at www.lamayor.org/statusofwomen
Women’s Equality Day is held annually on Aug. 26, marking the anniversary of when the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, was certified as law.
— City News Service