For the fourth consecutive year,
thousands of locals took to the streets to march downtown in support of women’s
rights. This year had a slightly
different focus due to the upcoming elections but still featured female
empowerment slogans along with jokes and off the cuff banners. Other rights that jumped on the bandwagon
were those from the LGBTQ community, immigrants, race, anti-war and more. There were approximately 30,000 attendees
(lower than the last two years). Featured speakers were: Eric Garcetti, Caitlyn
Jenner and Maxine Waters.
The main event – as in previous years
– took place in Washington. Even though there were less people marching, the
“energy” was described as being “still there.”
Last month women in leadership roles
were invited to the home of Eric Garcetti.
The Mayor invited 200+ women to join him at the Getty House for the
Women’s Leadership Series & Engage LA event series.
At the event, women were able to
network with each other while getting information on the many female locally-owned
and run businesses and how they can get involved in the future. As well discussions centered on competing for
city contracts within the four million residence city that comprises 500,000
Within the city’s $10billion budget, 10%
is dedicated to fund city contracts.
Back in 2013 – when Mayor Garcetti first took office – only 1½% of the
contracts went to women. Since gender equality is such a high priority for
Garcetti, this has changed.
One of the takeaways from this was that
more women have to bid for contracts.
Not only is this going to result in the best person for the job and likely
bring more women into positions that they deserve it will also benefit the
In addition, members of Garcetti’s
Innovation Team (LA City’s first female Director of Finance Claire Bartels and
Chief Procurement Officer Shannon Hoppes) have been attempting to simplify the
process of getting contracts.
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.”
“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.
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
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.”
way more than just an all-women brand.
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.
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
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 .