The City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board kicked off National Women’s History Month this week, on Monday, March 1, 2020, with a virtual unveiling of street pole banners honoring famous and local women leaders and activists. The banners will be on display on Santa Monica Boulevard, between La Cienega Boulevard and Gardner Street throughout the month.
A virtual presentation at the city’s regular council meeting unveiled two street pole banners, one honoring Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures Lab and Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and the other honoring Michaela Mendelsohn, CEO/Founder and Board Chair, Trans Can Work, business leader and activist.
The City’s display will also include a banner honoring pioneering lesbian and feminist activist Ivy Bottini, who died on February 25, 2021 at age 94.
Bottini’s activism began when she joined a New York City gathering of luminaries of the women’s movement that included Betty Friedan, Muriel Fox, Ti-Grace Atkinson, and Flo Kennedy. In 1966, she cofounded the first chapter of the National Organization for Women and designed the organization’s logo, which is still in use today. In 1970, she led a group of women to the Statue of Liberty where they hung a banner that read, “Women of the World Unite,” and in 1978, she fought the Briggs Initiative, which sought to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools. She continued her activism through the AIDS epidemic and became chair of the campaign against the No on 64 Initiative, which would have amounted to firing and quarantining of people with HIV or AIDS. Bottini was, for many years, a West Hollywood resident and she served as a co-chair of the City’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board.
Additional featured street lamp pole banners include: Maya Angelou; Susan B. Anthony; Elizabeth Blackwell; Rachel Carson; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bessie Coleman; Midge Costanza; Jane Fonda; Barbara Gittings; Dolores Huerta; Mother Jones; Coretta Scott King; Wilma Mankiller; Mary McLeod Bethune; Patsy Mink; Connie Norman; Michelle Obama; Rosa Parks; Eleanor Roosevelt; Margaret Sanger; Sonia Sotomayor; Gloria Steinem; Elizabeth Taylor; and Harriet Tubman; among others.
The City’s Banner project on Women’s History Monty began back in the mid-1990s. There will be about sixty banners displayed on Santa Monica Boulevard until the end of March.
A full schedule of City of West Hollywood events and meetings on Women’s History Month is available at www.weho.org/calendar.
For more information about Women’s History Month in the City of West Hollywood, please contact Larissa Fooks, the City of West Hollywood’s Community Events Coordinator, at (323) 848-6413 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.