Price Women and Allies

Fostering a Community of Women at USC Price School of Public Policy

Denim Day: Wednesday April 29th, 2020

Denim Day

Denim Day is celebrated in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Join PWA and wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors and take the time to educate yourself and others about all forms of sexual violence. Learn more here.

Girl Gang Hang (Virtual)

Girl Gang Hang Virtual

Join PWA virtually for our last Girl Gang Hang of the semester! We will use this time to connect with one another during social distancing, offer support and advice during this time, and have a short, facilitated discussion regarding current events. Come bring your dinner and/or drinks! We can’t wait to “see” you there.

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Meeting ID: 782 341 772

Password: 103025


PWA’s 2020-2021 Board Application

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PWA is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Executive Board of Directors!  We have six positions available for next year. More information on each position and the applications are located here.


Women Who Inspire Us Campaign

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I have often been asked in interviews “who inspires you?” There have been so many incredible women that played a role in my life and I have been inspired by their own journey. One night, I stayed up and started writing everyone’s name down and all these amazing qualities about them. Then it occurred to me- have I ever told them? This was the idea behind the “Women Who Inspire Us”campaign.  This campaign brings recognition to the women who have inspired us and, in some way, helped us along the path we are on today. The purpose of this campaign is simple: Celebrate the women in our lives through recognition of the ways they have inspired us.

-Sabrina Alonso, PWA’s Manager of Operations


Girl Gang Hang Series No. 5

Tuesday March 3 6-8 pm RGL 308 (1)

PWA’s 5th Girl Gang Hang will be an informal community chat with women and allies from the USC community. We’ll talk women’s issues on campus, current events, and anything else of interest that pertains to the group. This is an opportunity for us to connect as women and discuss what’s on our minds, from classes, to professors, to career-related issues, to relationships. Come celebrate International Women’s Day, and Women’s History month with us!



Current policies, such as SESTA/FOSTA, attempt to dismantle the sex work industry and endanger the safety of sex workers. This panel will address many of these policies through a discussion between sex workers, podcasters and academics.  We will be serving food (vegetarian options available!), and having a panel with professors from Price, Cal State Northridge, and people from the ACLU. RSVP here!


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Please join PWA and students from UCLA Luskin for an informal networking event!  They are our sister school from across the urban sprawl, so let’s get together and meet one another as we embark on the arduous process of job hunting in 2020! You never know … you may meet someone who may help you get a job in the future or make a new friend in LA! Click here to RSVP!

Galentine’s Day Panel

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Laws regulating the personal care industry have not changed since 1938.  Recently bills have been introduced to protect the public, but truly what progress has been made? Please join PWA and SCC @ USC for a riveting panel on the state of regulating the cosmetic industry today and where chemical companies stand in the process.  We will be serving food (vegetarian options available!) and having a lively discussion with policy experts, regulations personnel from L’Oreal and more! Click here to RSVP!


Zoe, Erin, Sallie Trifecta

Krawcheck: it’s logical to think that the global reshuffling precipitated by the crisis would have caused the industry “that’s been white, male, and middle-age” to reconsider the demographics of its leadership. Instead it became whiter, maler, and middle-age-er.

“This goes through my mind so often! They are so many articles on how the world is changing, but industries with so much influence (and money and power) are predominantly run by white males. What can we do to move the needle?” -Lena 

Summary of the article:

  • April 2019, a hearing before the Housing Financial Services Committee questioned the CEOs of seven of the largest U.S. banks.
  •  Rep. Al Green (D‑Texas) made a strong point highlighting the under-representation of minorities in positions of power by one powerful request to the CEOs.
    • Green: “If you believe that your likely successor will be a woman or a person of color, would you kindly extend a hand into the air”
    • All seven male CEOs of the largest U.S banks raised their hand
  • The International Monetary Fund found that institutions with larger shares of women directors had higher capital buffers, a lower proportion of nonperforming loans, and greater resistance to stress. 
    • Yet women are deemed not ready to take on the top positions

Problems with Systemic Under-Representation:

  • The ability for women to progress further up in an institutions hierarchy decreases exponentially when compared to the advantages available to men in their progress. How?
    • Mentorship: “because the more senior the mentor, the faster the mentee’s career advancement.” Women are more likely to cultivate networks comprised of mainly women or even split between men and women, whereas males form networks with mostly male groups. The implications of this is women have a tendency to form relationships with mentors with too little organizational clout, meaning they’re less able to sponsor or go to bat for women aiming for the next level.
    • Assumptions: if you have a strong woman and you have a strong guy—two people up for that next job—unless you have someone pushing for the female candidate, they’ll say, ‘She can wait another year,’ ” says the former managing director. A woman is perceived to be more loyal to the firm, she says, meaning there’s less incentive to ensure she’s satisfied. 

So, Michael Corbat (Citigroup). Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase). James Gorman (Morgan Stanley). Brian Moynihan (Bank of America). Ronald O’Hanley (State Street Corp. ). Charles Scharf (New York Mellon). David Solomon (Goldman Sachs).  Who’s going to raise his hand first?

Claire Zillman

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