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    Abbe Land Honored at Hollywood NOW HERstory Awards for Women’s History Month

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    Former West Hollywood Mayor and Council Member Abbe Land was honored at the 8th Annual Hollywood NOW HERstory Awards & Reception on Wednesday, March 13, for her significant contributions to the community and her pioneering efforts in various social justice issues. In honor of Women’s History Month, Hollywood NOW hosts the HERstory Awards & Reception each year in March to celebrate the achievements of women in the community.

    The event, held  in the WeHo Library community meeting room, highlighted Land’s impactful career as a stalwart advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, affordable housing, healthcare access, and civil liberties.

    8th Annual Hollywood NOW HERstory Awards – Photo Courtesy of Catherine Eng

    Originally drawn to West Hollywood in the late 1970s with dreams of becoming an actress, Land’s focus shifted towards activism, particularly after encountering housing instability and joining the Coalition for Economic Survival. Her involvement in the campaign for West Hollywood’s cityhood led to her election to the City Council in 1986, where she served multiple terms and was elected mayor five times.

    During her tenure, Land championed progressive policies on rent control, affordable housing, and women’s issues, shaping the city’s inclusive character. She also played a crucial role in the city’s response to the AIDS crisis, underscoring societal prejudice and the lack of immediate action.

    Beyond politics, Land held leadership roles in nonprofit organizations like The Trevor Project and the Saban Community Clinic, emphasizing her commitment to mission-driven work. Her consulting firm continues to support nonprofits in strategic planning and management.

    8th Annual Hollywood NOW HERstory Awards – Photo Courtesy of Catherine Eng

    Recognized by Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath and West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson, Land’s legacy was celebrated during the HERstory Awards, acknowledging her transformative influence in West Hollywood and beyond.

    Alisa Williams, Policy Development & Program Implementation director for the county’s Women’s & Girls Initiative, praised Land’s leadership, highlighting her enduring impact on gender equity advancements.

     

    Michael Ferrara, the former Executive Directors was Foundation for the AIDS Monument, was also among the speakers congratulating Land for her recognition.

    8th Annual Hollywood NOW HERstory Awards – Photo Courtesy of Catherine Eng

    Accepting the award, Land expressed gratitude, reflected on her early work advocating for women’s rights and emphasized the ongoing need for activism and progress.

    Hollywood NOW, a chapter of the National Organization for Women, organizes events like the HERstory Awards to recognize women’s achievements and advocates for gender equality within the Los Angeles area and the entertainment industry through various initiatives and legislative support.

    Photos courtesy of Catherine Eng (click to enlarge).

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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