The Women’s Advisory Board was created on December 7, 1992 and is comprised of five (5) members, appointed by individual Councilmembers, and four (4) members appointed by the Council as a whole (at-large). Each member of the Board shall serve a two-year term commencing June 1st following a general municipal election. The City Council shall endeavor to appoint members who represent the specific Advisory Board focus as well experts in the field. Members shall be reflective of the demographic and geographic diversity of the City. Members should live, work, or have a strong connection to the City. City Council shall have the right to annually appoint a youth (15-18) representative to serve as an ex-officio member of an Advisory Board. If a member of an Advisory Board is absent for any reason for more than three regular meetings in any 12-month period, the office of such member shall be vacated upon the discretion of the City Council.
The Women’s Advisory Board addresses matters relating to the advocacy on behalf of women’s rights such as economic equality, reproductive rights, violence against women and sexual harassment, and makes recommendations to Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency. Specifically, the Board shall:
- Solicit and communicate information and recommendations to the Council on the special needs and concerns of and programming for each boards’ respective constituency;
- Provide recommendations on positions the Council might take on State and federal legislation as it pertains to the subject area of each board;
- Assist in implementing Council-approved programs related to each board’s jurisdiction;
Serve as an advocate body to assist the Council in providing linkages between residents, organizations, city officials and the general community;
- Serve as a promotional body to assist the Council in stimulating public interest in the board’s constituency; Submit a two-year work plan to the Council;
- Provide an annual report due to Council in May of each year; Participate in the Annual “Congress” of Commissions and Boards and in City sponsored training workshops.
The City's Women’s Advisory Board meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in the 1st Floor Conference Room at City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information on the Women’s Advisory Board, please call the Board’s staff liaison Larissa Fooks at (323) 848-6413. Click here to view Resolution 11-4204 which governs Advisory Boards.
The current Women's Advisory Board members are:
- Current Agenda Packet
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- Meeting Agendas
Printable PDF versions of CURRENT and archived meeting agendas (does not include agenda item supporting documentation)
A running archive of PDF Minutes from past meetings
Mission Statement and Advocacy
The West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board (WAB) advises the City Council on policies and other issues pertaining to women, advocates on behalf of women's rights, and provides programming addressing women's concerns. The Women's Advisory Board closely monitors and offers input on women's legislative policy and quality of life issues as they come before the City Council. Issues range from breast cancer and reproductive rights, to violence against women in all of its forms, childcare, pay equity, and sexual harassment.
Programs and Activities
The WAB also sponsors cultural programs highlighting the achievements of women such as poetry readings, lectures, theatrical and music performances, and film screenings. The Board helped create the City's domestic violence program and has hosted numerous public forums on various public policy issues. The WAB actively participates and contributes programming for City initiatives including the City's annual Kids’ Fair, the West Hollywood Book Fair and the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference. Take a look at some of the programs and activities with which the WAB is directly involved:
Women's Equality Day
The WAB assists the City in commemorating the anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States on August 26th.
Women's History Month
Every March, the Women's Advisory Board takes the lead role in the City's widely regarded Women's History Month. Programming includes a pictorial display of women throughout history in the City Hall Lobby; banners of notable women hung along Santa Monica Boulevard; the Women In Leadership Awards hosted in conjunction with the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; various cultural activities and a calendar of events for West Hollywood and the region. The month long celebration is among the most popular and widely anticipated events in the City.
Women And Books
The WAB created a free monthly book club “ Women And Books” that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm at West Hollywood Library. For more information go to: http://www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho/ or Call 213-840-4958