West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference Kicks Off Free Live Virtual Programming

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Virtual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference kicked off its live programming on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and will run through Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The Conference features leadership workshops, advocacy training, and more. Full conference details, event app download, and registration are available by visiting www.wehowlc.org.

The Conference will bring the leadership community together for meaningful conversations and supportive activities during these unprecedented and extraordinary times. Created in 2006, the City of West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference is an initiative that inspires and supports the leadership development and advancement of women.

“The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “The passage of the 19th Amendment was only the beginning and much is still to be done, even today, to ensure equal voting protections for all. This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and to explore its relevance to the issues of equal rights, including protection from voter suppression, today.”

Highlights of the Conference include:

  • Keynote panel discussion: What’s Next for the Equal Rights Amendment?Friday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
  • Workshop session:From Protest to Progress at the Ballot Box: Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m.
  • Keynote panel discussion: Seizing the Moment for Climate Change and JusticeMonday, August 24 at 1 p.m.
  • Keynote panel discussion: Mobilizing for Gender Equality and Racial Justice: Tuesday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Closing Keynote Discussion: Women’s Equality Day Leading Forward: Wednesday, August 26 at 4 p.m.

The Women’s Leadership Conference is presented by the City of West Hollywood with the generous involvement of its Women’s Advisory Board, Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, and Transgender Advisory Board.

In addition, the West Hollywood City Hall Building at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard and the lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Robertson Boulevard and Hancock Avenue will glow in the suffragist movement colors of purple, gold, and white through Women’s Equality Day, Wednesday, August 26, 2020, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and in honor of the women who fought for their right to vote, equality, and representation.

The City of West Hollywood will also submit an official video entry in the Suffragist City Parade Virtual March and encourages interested community members to form a team and submit their own entries as well. For more information, please visit: https://susanb.org/suffragist-city-parade/virtual-march/.

In addition to the programming during the Women’s Leadership Conference, the City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board will be partnering with the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles to host a 19th Amendment Centennial Virtual Celebration on Sunday, August 30 at 2 p.m. The program will feature an informative panel discussion highlighting the contributions of African American suffragists and critically examine the past, present and future of voting rights for all. To RSVP for this event please visit https://19thcentennial.eventbrite.com.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment and the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, please call City of West Hollywood Community Events Coordinator Larissa Fooks at (323) 848-6413. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk.

When in public, community members should maintain your space with social (physical) distancing of at least six feet, and cover your face to adhere to City requirements for the use of face coverings. Face coverings are not required for young children under two-years-old; children between two- and eight-years-old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision; and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from this requirement. Public Health officials recommend cloth face coverings so that medical-grade and N95 masks may be prioritized in the supply chain for healthcare workers and first responders.

The City encourages residents to remain home as much as is practical and limit close contact with others outside of a household. Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain at home whenever possible; people in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. Most public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities remain closed. City Hall remains accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

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