LA County’s women and girls face disproportionate disadvantages and burdens.

In 2016, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the creation of a five-year Women & Girls Initiative to better address the disproportionate disadvantages and burdens faced by LA County women and girls.

The motion creating the Initiative, coauthored by Supervisors Kuehl and Solis, asked the County, with all its resources – its nearly $29 billion budget, 100,000 employees, and 37 departments – to better address the disproportionate disadvantages and burdens experienced by women and girls Countywide.

“The disproportionate advantages facing women and girls not only in the County but more globally is compounded by women juggling work and family life in a system tailored for men,” Kuehl said. “Addressing the needs of women through policy change and leveraging existing County resources will aid in the larger goal of making this system more fair for a group of individuals that comprise half the world.”

In March, the Women & Girls Initiative held a series of community conversations across Los Angeles County. The goal: to make Los Angeles a better place for females of all ages to live, work and thrive. Members of the public shared their stories, experiences, ideas, and recommendations. Watch the video below of the WGI event in Van Nuys, where Supervisor Kuehl shared why this Initiative is so important to the future of LA County.