Elizabeth Daley is grateful for the landmark federal law that helped girls and women to pursue their dreams

Elizabeth Daley

Title IX contributed to gains in entertainment fields, USC School of Cinematic Arts dean says

As USC’s longest serving dean, Elizabeth M. Daley of the USC School of Cinematic Arts has had to tackle some university practices we now take for granted, including prioritizing equity issues.

“When I came to USC, there was only one woman on the cinema production faculty,” said Daley, who joined the school in 1989 as chair of the film and television production program before assuming the deanship in 1991.

Elizabeth Daley of the USC School of Cinematic Arts is USC’s longest serving dean. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

“I went to my first faculty meeting, and I was the only woman in the room besides my assistant. Coming out of the industry, I had been used to at least pitching to women — even if I knew they had to go sell it to a male boss.”

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