Category Archives: Women

“By Women, For Women”

A gender inclusive workplace according to lawyer, entrepreneur and mother of four Amy Nelson is a “workplace that especially caters to women with children.”  Having seen the tremendous pay gap and discrimination levied toward pregnant women, two years ago she launched The Riveter.  This establishment attempts to transform the current status of the workplace which is “built by and for men.”

Indeed their mission statement is:

“We see a world in which equity of opportunity is a reality, not merely a promise, and we strive to work with others who share our ideas. While devout in our mission to serve women in their work, we are inclusive of all. We are built by women, for everyone.”

Given that Nelson only established The Riveter back in 2017, it’s pretty impressive that it has already raised $21.6 million in venture capital. one of its co-working spaces is in LA.

Then there is the local success story of Yola Jimenez’s all-woman mezcal business that she took over from her grandfather.  some of today’s workers are the granddaughters of the original workers!  with the increase in popularity of mezcal in recent years, the model she has developed, she believes, will be able to “provide jobs and incomes, which, some studies show, can have larger impacts on communities.”

She built the business with two partners – Lykee Li and Gina Correll Aglietti in Mexico City.  But today – the newly branded Yola Mezcal – is headquartered in Silver Lake and does so much more than produce mezcal.  Between all female music festivals and philanthropic endeavors, the company does not seek to exclude men, but certainly aims to “create a future [in an attempt to] understand what it means to be women and men and learning to live together.”

Sounds like way more than just an all-women brand.          

LA: Fighting for Rights

Marching for gender equality

Now in its third year, the Women’s March Los Angeles was again filled to capacity in Pershing Square.  Recognizing the success of the women’s movement in 2018, the organization set out to not rest on its laurels and demanded additional advancements in gender equality issues. 

The event – held on Saturday January 18 – was graced with the presence of various inspirational speakers as well as entertainers calling for empowerment and social justice.  Subjects covered included:  rights of LGBTQ/trans; increased gender equality in the political sphere; racial justice; immigration rights and more.

Although there had been an ideological split within the movement’s founders, turnout was still very high.  Rep. Katie Hill (who unseat Republican Rep. Steve Knight in the midterm election) took to the stage and said: “The activism has just started,” urging activists to “get back to work.”

Women were not the only LA group to have felt the need to fight for their rights.  LA teachers have been striking in an effort to employ more teachers to ease pressure on current educators and improve the education system.  It finally ended when a deal was reached between the teachers and the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union.  The agreement included a 6 percent increase in pay; reducing average class size by 2022 by four students, a full time nurse for each school and a full-time librarian for every high school .