I joined the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week to testify in favor of their new Women and Girls Initiative (WGI). The WGI was introduced by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis. The WGI, which the Supervisors passed unanimously, creates a five-year effort to study all 37 county departments for how they impact women and girls.
Obviously, they’ll study the pay gaps women face in the workforce, and other discriminatory practices, but they’ll also focus on what other county departments can do to better serve women. This will be key for a lot of the work I’m doing with the City of Los Angeles.
We know that women and girls that come from the foster care system are more likely to be targeted for human trafficking. We know that the prosecution, incarceration, and probation functions that impact this work as we take on human trafficking are also county functions. I’m excited to see how the WGI addresses concerns to make sure that women and girls are given every opportunity for success in every department the County runs. Most importantly, I’m committed to partnering with the Supervisors to lead Los Angeles City towards many of these same goals.
In Los Angeles, every girl should know she can be and do anything she sets her mind to – and her elected officials should always be the champion of every child, particularly our young girls, having every opportunity for success.