National Women’s History month in March marks a great time to see the progress that women have made throughout the years and what is yet to come. The National Women’s History Project based in California sets a theme each year to promote women’s history, and for this year they have decided to focus on “weaving the stories of women’s lives.” Each individual life of a woman and her story weaves the fabric of our nation’s history. Here are some of the best ways you can celebrate Women’s History Month in Orange County.
OC Roller Girls
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
The 2009 film “Whip It” starring Ellen Page as an indie-rock misfit discovering the world of an all-female roller derby league got the sport major mainstream attention. Saturday, March 21, will be an event not to miss with local female roller stars Psycho Ex-Girlfriend vs. Inland Empire Derby Divas and Chorizo vs. Eggs Scramble. The game will be played locally in Huntington Beach. Celebrate Women’s History Month by watching amazing female athletes doing what they do best: play a sport that is the catalyst for profound change and enrichment in women. The group was founded in 2006 by Heather Shelton, also known as Disco Dervish, and has drawn a team of extremely talented women that share in the love of competition both on and off the track.
Women’s History Month Celebrations
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
The Women and Gender’s Studies program at California State University, Fullerton has introduced a month-long celebration of events to celebrate Women’s History Month this March. You can attend events such as film screenings, panels, expert talks, seminars on financial empowerment seminars all month. Some notable events include: “Showcasing Fringe Narratives: Grassroots Latina Activists in Souther California” on March 12; “The Punk Singer” screening on March 16 and the Women and Walls Film Screening: “Roadmap to Apartheid” on March 18. For a complete list of events, visit the link above.
Orange County Women’s Chorus
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church
798 Dover Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Founded in 1997 under Dr. Raymond Egan, the Women’s Chorus of Orange County has grown from eight women to an astounding 40-voice ensemble that has performed in some of the finest venues around Orange County. Their repertoire includes medieval chants, multicultural folk songs, classical, protest songs, gospel tunes and much more. The event on March 14 and 15 called “The Birds and the Bees” is just that. It will be the tunes of courtship and romance of nightingales, bumblebees, swallows and more. This spring fling will prove to be a unique experience and a great way to start the spring season.
Women In Leadership Symposium
Broadcom Corporation (Irvine Headquarters)
Building 2 Conference Center
5300 California Ave.
Irvine, CA 92617
Women in Leadership will be hosting an event with the theme “Celebrating Leadership: The Power of Women in the Workplace.” Held on March 10 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., it will cover a host of topics that include living and following your dreams, using the power of alliances, developing and balancing self confidence and much more. Moderator Michelle Bergquist will be joined by panelists including Deborah Rodriguez, Lynn Jolliffe, Maryam Rofougaran, Karen Moon and Fabienne Smolinski.
Orange County Leadership Luncheon
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612
A great way to network with women in the Orange County area is the Connected Women of Influence, an organization that supports women professionally. Their philosophy is professional support, advocacy, partnerships and alliances that lead to better business opportunities. The organization will gather on March 27 to celebrate “Women’s History Month: The Past, the Present and the Future as Professional Women.” The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and for all non-members the fee is $69. The leadership luncheons are a great way to learn more about each women and their respective business in the community.