LA 2024 Vice Chair Janet Evans advocates women's equality
MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024's commitment to advancing women's equality in sport was advocated by five-time Olympic medalist and LA 2024 Vice Chair, Janet Evans during LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti's inaugural State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women's Assembly.
Over 700 Angeleno young women, girls, and trans youth gathered at the University of Southern California's (USC) beautiful campus to take part in panels, presentations, and in-depth conversations about women's equality in the city of LA.
Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to stage the 2024 Olympic Games and the decision will be voted on in September this year.
Mayor Garcetti stated, "We were honored to have several Olympians in our Young Women's Assembly --- they showed us that to 'Compete Like a Woman' means excelling and overcoming obstacles in everything you do. These remarkable athletes embody the power of hard work and determination to make big dreams come true, and offered inspiration and a path forward to the hundreds of young women who attended this inaugural event."
LA84 Foundation President and CEO, Renata Simril; Olympic gold medalist, Carmelita Jeter; Nike's West Territory Vice President and General Manager, Blanca Gonzalez; and Olympic gold medalist and LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Committee Member, Jordyn Wieber joined Evans for her sport-focused discussion.
"It was an honor to join Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland today for the first-ever LA State of Women & Girls Address and Young Women's Assembly. Angelenos are not only united behind our dream of bringing the Games back to the US for the first time in 28 years but also behind our desire to see women competing on equal footing with men in every aspect of life. When women succeed, we all succeed. LA 2024 is fully committed to promoting women's equality in and through sport throughout the build-up to the Games and beyond - because a better Games and stronger Olympic and Paralympic Movements for women means a better Games and stronger Olympic and Paralympic Movements for everybody," expressed Evans.
The event also featured panel discussions, leadership training, and workshops lead by civic and thought leaders that explored opportunities, challenges, and achievements for women in public sectors, technology, finance, entertainment, and business.
The event was hailed by bid leaders as a reflection of their commitment titled Women in Sport that ensures that policies for LA 2024 will enable women throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movements to achieve their goals.
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