LA County’s women and girls face disproportionate disadvantages and burdens.
The Board of Supervisors voted to approve the creation of a five-year initiative to better address the disproportionate disadvantages and burdens faced by LA County women and girls.
The motion, coauthored by Supervisors Kuehl and Solis, asks 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 County-wide.
In LA County today:
- 1 out of 5 women lives below the Federal poverty level.
- 52 years after the Federal Equal Pay Act, women earn an average of 20% less than men for the same work and often have the additional expense of childcare.
- Since women earn less and disproportionately shoulder the burden of child care, they save less. Of women age 75 and older,
- 17% live below the poverty line, twice as many as their male counterparts.
- A study released earlier this year indicated a 55% increase in the number of homeless women over the past three years.
The County needs to step up to the challenge.
“This critical initiative will address a longstanding blindspot in our policies and services to better address the real-life needs and barriers faced by women and girls and to make a commitment to devoting time and resources to help,” said Kuehl. “We ask women to juggle work and family, make their scarce resources go farther, and adapt to systems tailored for men. Now it’s time for LA County to make the system fair for everyone.”