What Are Today’s L.A. Women Fighting For?

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When Women Vote: A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Event Series
Moderated by Esmeralda Bermudez, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Women have made Los Angeles one of the nation’s most progressive cities, fighting for their own rights as well as those of children, laborers, immigrants, and other underrepresented groups since well before they gained the right to vote over 100 years ago. The city, which has the lowest gender pay gap of any American metropolis, has been a leader in creating policies designed to create wealth for working-class women in particular, from passing legislation to create the country’s first public bank to raising the minimum wage. But women in Los Angeles—particularly lower-income and Black and brown women—still face a number of challenges, including health disparities, housing struggles, and human trafficking. What battles are the women of Los Angeles fighting today, and what are the plans to win them? A century after women won one of their largest victories on the national stage—suffrage—a panel of change-makers and scholars visits Zócalo to discuss what all the women of Los Angeles need to truly thrive.

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, Zócalo and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County present When Women Vote, a three-event series that also includes:


How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?

Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 6:00 PM PDT


Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – 6:00 PM PDT


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