Equality, career experts tomorrow will review ‘occupational segregation’ and its impact on women

Posted on 13 Nov 2017 for representative Holly Mitchell

SACRAMENTO – Nearly a dozen experts on equality and career occupations comprise the panel of speakers tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 14, as Sen. Holly J. Mitchell convenes a key select committee to continue her statewide review of gender inequality. The focus of the third and final hearing of the year by the Select Committee on Women and Inequality, which Mitchell chairs and founded, will explore the status of ‘occupational segregation’ by gender and its relation to implicit bias. The Sacramento hearing will also focus on public and private initiatives and other potential solutions to steering women into jobs that have been dominated by men. It is jointly hosted by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee; the Legislative Women’s Caucus; and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In California, women make up 5 percent of the workforce in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations; 24 percent of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and 19 percent of the key positions like director, writer, producer or editor in film and television. Joining Mitchell will be Sen. Steven C. Bradford of Inglewood and other public officials. To view the panels and speakers expected to testify plus additional background see the attached document or click on the link at the bottom of this release. A five-minute audio summary of the first review March is HERE and the entire two-hour plus hearing can be viewed HERE: A video of the second hearing, held in Los Angeles in April, is HERE. · WHO: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, joined by the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls; the Legislative Women’s Caucus; and the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. · WHAT: A hearing to learn about implicit bias, occupational segregation and how they intersect to impact women, and what measures can be taken to alleviate gender disparity in occupational sectors. · WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. · WHERE: Room 4203 of the State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. · WHO: To raise public awareness of implicit bias and to help alleviate women’s economic inequality and work opportunities. ONLINE ACCESS: This hearing will be livestreamed beginning 15 minutes prior to the scheduled 10 a.m. start of the hearing at the following address: http://senate.ca.gov/media/senate-tv1/video For more information, visit Sen. Mitchell’s Web site HERE or at the address below. Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. A member of the Legislature for more than six years, she represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. More at www.senate.ca.gov/Mitchell POLICY CONTACT: For policy-related questions, please contact Mitchell consultant Luan Huynh at either luan.huynh@sen.ca.gov or call 916 651-4030.