The City of West Hollywood is celebrating National Women’s History Month this month with a series of events, films, art exhibitions and awards that recognize and honor women’s history.
The City Council and the city’s Women’s Advisory Board kicked off the celebration tonight at the City Council meeting, exhibiting light-pole banner designs celebrating Academy Award winners Mary Pickford, the silent screen actor and founder of United Artists, and Jane Fonda, actor and advocate for women and young people. That was followed by the screening of the classic Mary Pickford film, “Tess of the Storm Country,” at West Hollywood Library, with speakers Amy Aquino from SAG-AFTRA and Sloan De Forest from the Mary Pickford Foundation.
On Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m., the city’s Russian Advisory Board and Women’s Advisory Board will join the American-Russian Business Council and the Russian-language newspaper “Nedelka” to present an International Women’s Day Party in the Blue Building of the Pacific Design Center at 8687 Melrose Ave. The event will feature an art exhibit, fashion show, entertainment and dancing. The program is funded in part with a grant through the city’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.
On Mar. 20, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m., the city’s Women’s Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Women In Leadership Awards to recognize the achievements of local women in the professional and commercial/industrial business communities. The event will take place at Phyllis Morris, 655 N. Robertson Blvd., south of Santa Monica. Admission is $15 per person. This year’s honorees are: Alla Chasnik, staff attorney and West Hollywood project director, Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Daphne Dennis, recently retired West Hollywood social services manager; Cathryn Berger Kaye, president, CBK Associates; Anastasia K. Mann, chairman and CEO, Corniche Group Inc., and Sue Sexton, LGBT activist and board member of Christopher Street West. Event proceeds will benefit the West Hollywood Youth Scholarship Fund.
Throughout the month of March, there will be a display of light-pole banners that commemorate famous American women, civil rights leaders and women’s rights activists. The banners will be featured along Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard.
In addition, there will be a month-long display of historical images called “Living The Legacy” in the lobby at West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer.
For more information about the 19th Annual Women in Leadership Awards, call (323) 848-6823. For more information about the International Women’s Day Party, call (323) 848-6826.