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Women

Wild and Peaceful – The Ivory Queen of Soul

By Ronald K. Mc Kinley Mary Christine Brockert, known as Teena Marie, was born in Santa Monica and spent her early childhood in Mission Hills. Later she moved with her family to Venice to live in a large house on Nowita Court. Born on March 5, 1956 she was raised in Qakwood, nick-named “ghost town”...

Do we have Women’s Equality now?

Women’s Earnings as a Percentage of Men’s in 2009: 77%   (down from 77.8% in 2007) Percentage of women in each group: U.S. Population (2010 Census): 50.8% U.S. Senate: 17% House of Representatives: 16.6% California Legislature: 28.3% Los Angeles City Council: 6.6% Venice Neighborhood Council Board: 40% Free Venice Beachhead Collective: 64% –compiled by Jim Smith  

You Probably Never Heard of the Most Influential Woman of the 20th Century

By Roger Linnett What woman would you say had the biggest influence on 20th Century America? Susan B. Anthony? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks? Marilyn Monroe? Helen Gurley Brown? Gloria Steinem? Jacqueline Kennedy? Not even close. Her name was Frances Perkins, and she changed the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans. Born Fannie Coralie Perkins...

Venice Artist Diane Butler

Memorial Tribute: Venice Artist Diane Butler – Mary Getlein Song: There’s a ghost at every corner – Diane Buter Poem: To Diane Butler – Suzanne Verdal Poem: My Humble Ode to Diane – Tina Catalina Corcoran Poem: For Diane – Mary Getlein ————————————————- By Mary Getlein The Venice community lost a valuable member when Diane...

A Day and a Month to Celebrate Women

The celebration of women’s history has its origins in the International Women’s Day, first celebrated in Europe on March 8, 1911. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California, Commission on the Status of Women began a “Women’s History Week” celebration that coincided with International Women’s Day. In 1980, President Carter issued...

Commemorating Venetian Women from the Early Years

By Vanessa Cabello In celebration of Women’s History Month, I wanted to recognize and commemorate women from the early years of Venice.  Below I will explore the lives of two stellar Venetian ladies, names you may not immediately recognize – Margaret Dabney Thornton and Winifred Harwell – ladies who happened to be the respective wives...

Jin Patisserie Makes Venice Sweeter

By CJ Gronner It’s quite simple to celebrate Women in Venice, when there are so many wonderful, creative, business-savvy women making up our place in the world. I can think of more women-run businesses than I have fingers: Ananda, the Beauty Bungalows (Alexandra Wagner Skincare, Lavish Tan, Kelley Baker Brows, Stephanie Hobgood Hair all under...

The Other Brother: “Salt of the Earth,” The Film They Tried To Kill, Lives On Thanks to Technology

By Jim Smith A lot of people in Venice know that Edward Biberman was the artist who painted the Post Office mural, The Story of Venice. But few probably know that his older brother, Herbert, directed Salt of the Earth, a classic film about a New Mexico miners strike that ended 60 years ago. That...

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Venice

By Mary Getlein On March 8 there was a gathering of women and men at 533 Rialto Avenue to celebrate International Women’s Day. The purpose was to celebrate women and to receive a proclamation from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. Bill Rosendahl read the proclamation out loud and presented the proclamation to Yolanda...

A Victim of Gentrification

By Mary Getlein They called Patty Warivonchik, “Blue Bus Patty,” until her bus burst into flames in the Ralph’s parking lot. She lost everything she owned in the fire. Then a camper was given to her and she lived in that for 11 years. I saw her at the Westminster school meeting about what to...
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