The Lives of Women & Girls in Monterey County is the next step in a process that began in 2004. At that time, the Women's Fund of Monterey County and Tellus/ Díganos Center for Community Research published First Glance: Quality of Life of Women and Girls report on the status of local women and girls. In 2011, local researchers refreshed the data, convened focus groups and conducted key interviews as the basis for this updated report. Input from dozens of local girls, adult and elder women, representatives of service agencies and public officials helped to provide focus and context for the findings. The full report is not intended to be a comprehensive assessment of the quality of life of women and girls, but a snapshot of the critical issues that currently impact the women of our community and a call to action to address trends of concern.