City of West Hollywood Recognizes Women’s History Month with Series of Events

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The city of West Hollywood is celebrating 30 years of Commemorating Women’s History Month in March. The city will host a series of events to recognize and honor women and women’s history.

Street pole banners will commemorate famous American women, civil rights leaders, and women’s rights activists along Santa Monica Boulevard. Two new street banners will be added to the previous collection: U.S. Congressmember Maxine Waters and collectively, the Women’s March. Existing street pole banners include: Jane Addams; Susan B. Anthony; Elizabeth Blackwell; Ivy Bottini; Rachel Carson; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bessie Coleman; Midge Costanza; Dolores Huerta; Mother Jones; Coretta Scott King; Mary Lyon; Wilma Mankiller; Mary McLeod Bethune; Patsy Mink; Inez Milholland; Connie Norman; Michelle Obama; Alice Paul; Rosa Parks; Eleanor Roosevelt; Margaret Sanger; Sonia Sotomayor; Elizabeth Stanton; Gloria Steinem; Elizabeth Taylor; Sojourner Truth; Oprah Winfrey; Harriet Tubman; and Ida B. Wells.

The City will also be streaming video of groundbreaking women artists whose works have been exhibited within the City on two electronic billboards located on Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip, one located at 8410 Sunset Boulevard and the other located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard. Artists include: AES+F; Alison O’Daniel; Amia Yokoyama; Amy Jorgensen; Andrea Bowers; Basma Al Sharif; Janet Echelman; Jen Liu; Jillian Mayer; Kate Johnson; Martine Syms; Nancy Baker Cahill; Sita Valrun; and, YoMeryl.

Women’s March Los Angeles 2018 – photo by Paulo Murillo

Some events for Women’s History Month include:

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the City of West Hollywood will host a community celebration in honor of International Women’s Day at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s throughout the world. The program will combine the cultural composition of the City of West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community with many other diverse cultures that make up the West Hollywood community. The event will feature musical performances, presentations, food, and much more. The event is free; no RSVP is required.

On Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m., the City of West Hollywood, its City Council, and its Women’s Advisory Board will host the kick-off of Women’s History Month with a reception and unveiling of its two new Women’s History Month street pole banners at the regular West Hollywood City Council meeting. The unveiling will take place at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Women and Books–a monthly book club that meets on the first Tuesday of every month to discuss books written by women authors will take place on  at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. It will feature Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Women and Books is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Library. Admission is free but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information, please contact Larissa Fooks, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Events Coordinator, at (323) 848-6413 or at lfooks@weho.org. Free parking will be available.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board, will co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Herstory Awards & Reception, which is presented by the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women. The event will take place  at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room. Admission is free; please RSVP by e-mail to Hollywood NOW at hollywoodnowchapter@gmail.com or call (323) 596-7389. Free parking will be available with validation.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the City of West Hollywood will commemorate National Women’s History Month with a celebration honoring the 25th Anniversary of the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. The event, From Riot Grrrls to Nasty Women, will take place at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room. The evening will feature a lively panel discussion with Abbe Land, former City Councilmember and founder of the City’s Women’s Advisory Board, as well as current and past members of the Board. Panelists will discuss the legacy and impact of the City’s work during the past 25 years in fighting for rights, representation, and equality for women and girls. There will be a reception following the program. Admission is free; RSVP is required. Please RSVP by calling (323) 848-6823 or go to wab25.eventbrite.com. Free parking will be available with validation.

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — WeHo Reads: Chelsey Johnson, in conversation with Carrie Brownstein at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program and Book Soup present Chelsey Johnson in conversation with Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater Kinney), discussing and signing her debut novel, Stray City, a warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belonging. Tickets: $27 (+ tax) (tickets include one copy of Stray City to be received at check-in).
Tickets and details: www.eventbrite.com/e/chelsey-johnson-in-conversation-w-carrie-brownstein-discusses-stray-city-tickets-42370971717

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., — Women In Film Speaker Series: Social Action Filmmaking at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Women In Film Speaker Series will host a panel of filmmakers to discuss how they’ve carried their messages beyond the screen to urge involvement from viewers in response to social issues and injustices. Women In Film is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Details: www.weho.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/16708/15

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the 23rd Annual West Hollywood Women in Leadership Awards and Reception will take place at Custom Comfort Mattress store located at 8919 Beverly Boulevard. The awards will honor the achievements of local women in the professional and commercial/industrial business community. The event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $15; proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please visit www.wehowila.eventbrite.com or call (323) 848-6823.

For a full schedule of Women’s History Month events, and City-sponsored programming in the City of West Hollywood, visit: weho.org/calendar.

 

 

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