west hollywood logoThe City of West Hollywood and its Women’s Advisory Board will host the City’s annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day on Friday, August 18, 2017. The Women’s Equality Day event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. This year’s event will commemorate the 97th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920.

“Women’s Equality Day is not just a celebration of the anniversary of women’s right to vote,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, “it’s also an affirmation of the City of West Hollywood’s strong commitment to advocate for and support legislation to protect women, to guard reproductive rights and access to healthcare, and to fight for full equality under the law.”

This year’s event will feature a screening of Equal Means Equal, the award-winning documentary about the status of women in America, directed by Kamala Lopez. A panel discussion about current efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment will follow the screening. Guest speakers will include Kamala Lopez, Director; Equal Means Equal and President, Heroica Films; Ivana Massetti, Founder, Women Occupy Hollywood; Sarah Moshman, Director/Producer, The Empowerment Project; and Carla Romo, member of the City of West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board and documentary filmmaker. The City’s event is the first of hundreds of Equal Means Equal film screenings to be held across the country in upcoming weeks launching the new Equal Means Equal initiative to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

In addition to the screening and discussion, there will be a reception with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by registering at www.whwomensequalityday.eventbrite.com.

Women’s Equality Day is an opportunity to honor the optimism, tenacity and unrelenting spirit of the people who worked to secure women’s right to vote, and to illustrate how much can be achieved in a democratic society by the collective efforts of citizens committed to political reform.

During the past 23 years, the City of West Hollywood has commemorated Women’s Equality Day in a variety of ways. The City of West Hollywood, in 1993, was the first city in the nation to declare itself pro-choice and it has continually supported state and federal legislation protecting and advancing women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare. The City has a strong record of supporting initiatives that call for equal pay for equal work. The City’s Women’s Advisory Board is involved in a myriad of programming and events that recognize and support women in the community.

For more information about the Women’s Equality Day celebration, please call (323) 848-6823. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.