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Celebrating Women’s History Month in Los Angeles

The beginning of March means sunny skies and safety from winter chills, but it also means the annual month-long celebration of those who we would not be here without – amazing women. 

National Women’s History Month is nationally recognized as the time to honor the efforts and accomplishments of historical and everyday women. Originally, the celebration was only a week-long ordeal created by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in 1978. The now-called International Women’s Day, observed on March 8th, was to be the prime focus of the week’s celebrations. The response was momentous, and quickly after the idea spread to many other communities and even all the way to congress. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter officially declared the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. The official declaration from President Carter created national support and rapidly people all around the U.S. were on board. 

Soon after, efforts were made by many organizations to extend the week into a whole month of celebration. Led by the National Women’s History Alliance, the strong push for a National Women’s History Month began and in a few short years, was successful. In 1987, National Women’s History Month was officially signed into congress and is celebrated alongside International Women’s Day. 

The world would not exist without the strength of women, so during the month of March, it is important to learn about and recognize the amazing women throughout history and in our own lives. It is also a perfect time for women to celebrate and empower themselves. Luckily, Los Angeles is home to many events honoring women and their feats throughout National Women’s History Month.

Check out these events celebrating National Women’s History Month in Los Angeles:

Girls Just Wanna Run! – Hosted by Girls on the Run

“Celebrating International Women’s Day in 1980s Style! Join us for an evening of fun, including ’80s Music, a Live Auction, Taco Bar, Libations, and 1st Annual Superhuman Awards! Sneakers, neon, and your personal take on 80s attire are all encouraged!”

Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main Street DTLA, Los Angeles, CA 90012

When: Saturday, March 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Women’s History Month Zine Workshop – Hosted by The California African American Museum

“This Women’s History Month, make zines and collages that celebrate Black women artists with educators from Able ARTS Work—a nonprofit organization that offers opportunities in the creative arts for people of all abilities. Feel free to bring your own images and materials from home to add to your zine! All ages.”

Where: California African American Museum – 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

When: Saturday, March 18, 2 – 3 p.m.

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Paint and Sip! Drawing Figures With A Live Model (21+ ONLY) – Hosted by The Museum of Latin American Art (molaa) 

“Join us for an outdoor painting class led by LA-based artist Priscilla Ortiz where we learn tips and techniques for painting figures based on a live model. Drawing inspiration from Chicana artist, Yolanda Gonzales, we will celebrate self-expression and wine!”

Where: Museum of Latin American Art – 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

When: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 3 – 4 p.m.

International Women’s Day Dance Festival – Hosted by MashUp Contemporary Dance Company

“MashUp’s IWDDF is a multi-day event with programs spanning across the city of Los Angeles including master classes, performances, panel discussions, and community events for all.”

Where: All around Los Angeles

When: March 3 – March 8

The Onsight: Annual Women’s Climbing Festival – Hosted by Wondery

“An International Women’s Day celebration, we’ll host a variety of climbing and adventure challenges, climbing clinics, a marketplace of woman-owned businesses, an outdoor gear raffle featuring your favorite brands, and festive snacks to keep the party going.”

Where: Sender One LAX – 11220 Hindry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

When: Saturday, March 4, 5 – 9 p.m.

In Her Element: Works by A Collection of Artists – Hosted by Mash Gallery

“Mash Gallery is thrilled to present “In Her Element” – an upcoming art exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month. This exhibition pays tribute to the distinctive qualities and perspectives of women, focusing on the various characteristics that demonstrate the intricacies and variations of femininity.”

Where: Mash Gallery – 812 N La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

When: March 4 – April 1, 6 – 9 p.m.

LATINAFEST 2023: Sembrando And Cultivating Our Future – Hosted by LATINA Fest

“LATINAFest invites you to be a part of this powerful event that is igniting a spark of unity and celebration of bilingual, bicultural, and multi-generational women who are decision-makers and armed with buying power.”

Where: 501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

When: Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Written by Katherine Kotecki

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