League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

March 2014 

March 11, 2014
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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
Photo: On March 3, 1913, 5,000 suffragists, including nurses, college students, academics, and clergywomen, from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, to demand the right to vote for women. Throughout the three-hour parade, marchers faced strong opposition from anti-suffragists among the crowds.  #WHM #WomensHistoryMonth

March is Women's History Month! 
LWVSM  celebrates with our Women Who Shape Santa Monica reception.  This year's Honorees are:
  • Eula Fritz
  • Kate Vernez
  • Irene Zivi
  • Rose Kaufman with the Pankhurst Award   
The date to remember is Thursday, March 27, 7:00p.m. on the lovely Penthouse Terrace at Ocean House, 2701 Ocean Avenue. A flyer with more information is  

Then on Saturday, March 29th, will be the Consensus Meeting for the Agriculture Policy Update.  See more information below. 


It's March - Women's History Month - and, along with our 80th birthday, we're celebrating four women who've made our town a unique place to live.  On March 27, we'll be gathering at the Ocean House Penthouse Terrace to honor education activist Irene Zivi, Deputy City Manager for Special Projects Kate Vernez, Police Activities League Director Eula Fritz and our own indomitable Rose Kaufman.  Click herefor a flier with details. 


I was thinking of our tradition of holding up women who have improved our community when I attended the Commission on the Status of Women's annual reception at City Hall Tuesday, February 25.  The Commission posted an array of photos of women who changed Santa Monica from its founding to the present day.


From Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker, a member of one of the first land-grant families of California, to Selena McDonald Brunson,  mother of the first African-American baby born in Santa Monica and wife of a prominent architect who designed parts of City Hall, to Rosie's Girls, the archtypal riveters who worked at Douglas Aircraft during World War II, Santa Monica has been home to a wonderfully diverse group of strong women who have pushed the boundaries of what's possible for all of us.


Businesswomen Merle Norman and Mary Rehwold, astronaut Sally Ride and pilot Claire L. Walters, educators Mercedes Thorpe and Ann Carlson Granstrom and school board President Blanche Carter have all made their mark on our city's history, and, thanks to the Commission on the Status of Women, they'll continue to be remembered.


Of course, we're all "women who shape Santa Monica."  What will your legacy be?

The time is coming near for the Agriculture Policy Update Study Consensus meeting...

This important study will update our national position on Agriculture Policies covering topics such as government financial supports including direct payment to farm operators and crop insurance; patents, trademarks, and antitrust enforcement; animal management; food safety and labeling; and research and development. 

Those presenting will be members Patty Leach, Madeleine Moore, Natalya Zernitskaya, Ann Williams, Sharon Hart, Karen Carrey and Laura Avery.

The meeting is Saturday, March 29, 10-2. in the second floor Community Room at the Main Library.  You can brown bag your lunch or pick something up at the Bookmark Cafe downstairs.  Coffee and other drinks will be provided.  If you are parking in the library lot remember to go to a lower level as we will be over three hours total.

Reservations are appreciated but not required.  We just need an idea of how many for handouts and coffee.  This should be an interesting and informative few hours.  Too often we forget to think about where our food comes from.
Please join us for a potluck dinner and Memorial in honor of long time League member Betty Mueller. 
When: Friday March 28, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Church in Ocean Park235 Hill Street, Santa Monica
Bring: Food for 8-12 people
Non-alcoholic beverages (wine and beer are welcome but not provided), plates, cups and cutlery will be provided.. 

 The Public Library also celebrates Women's History Month:

The Write Stuff: Women's Voices

The Write Stuff: Women's VoicesSat, Mar 22, 3pm, Main Library. Women's History Month program with authors Victoria Zackheim, Anne Perry, Pat Montandon, Aviva Layton & more.

League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
P. O. Box 1265
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Phone: 310-692-1494


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