Josefina Vázquez Mota, 2012 Mexican Presidential Candidate, Speaks in Los Angeles with Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Josefina Vázquez Mota, Mexico’s first female presidential candidate to run under a major political banner, visited Los Angeles as Scripps College’s and Mount St. Mary’s College’s guest of honor. She delivered remarks this evening at an event celebrating the upcoming Women in Public Service Project’s Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America.

(From left to right) Ann McElaney-Johnson, president, Mount St. Mary's College; Alheli Hernandez, student, Mount St. Mary's College; Josefina Vazquez Mota, 2012 Presidential Candidate of Mexico and guest of honor; Claire Wilson, student, Scripps College; and Lori Bettison-Varga, president, Scripps College, celebrate the launch of the Women in Public Service Project's Institute for Women's Leadership in Latin America at an event in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo: Business Wire)

“It is time that we women write better and new rules in politics and in the art of governing better,” said Josefina Vázquez Mota.

Vázquez Mota, 2012 Mexican presidential candidate for the National Action Party and former secretary of public education for the Mexican federal government, spoke to a group of civic and business leaders, and students from Scripps and Mount St. Mary’s Colleges, about her experience in public policy and politics.

“Ms. Vázquez Mota is an important voice for women on the world stage,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president of Scripps College. “Our students were honored to hear from her critical lessons for leadership demonstrated throughout her career as a policy leader and most recently during her courageous run for office.”

Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College will co-host the inaugural Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America in March 2013. Under the auspices of the Institute, female civic and community leaders from Latin America will come together for a series of workshops and policy forums. The Institute is part of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 with the mission to advance women’s participation in public service globally. It now is part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

“The Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America seeks to build a generation of female leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments and change the way global solutions are forged,” said Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary’s College. “It is our hope that as we partner with the Women in Public Service Project we will create a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.”

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the world of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity. 909.621.8280.

Founded in 1925, Mount St. Mary’s College is a Catholic, liberal arts college offering undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative undergraduate and graduate programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The mission of Mount St. Mary's is to provide a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information go to or call 310.954.4000.

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