Long Beach Celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and Long Beach is celebrating the women that make our city great with a line-up of themed events throughout the city.

Women’s History Month celebrates the achievements of women throughout history along with International Women’s Day on March 8. The 2022 International Women’s Day theme is Break The Bias. This theme aims to inspire both men and women to stand up against unfair gender-based biases that negatively impact women’s lives. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, various Long Beach organizations and businesses are taking to social media to celebrate women in their industry. Long Beach Transit, Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office, and Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association are just some of the organizations showcasing influential women.

Long Beach residents can also celebrate Women’s History Month by participating in a variety of themed events throughout the city. Both in-person and virtual events will be held throughout the month.

The Historical Society of Long Beach is currently working on an exhibit titled ‘A Woman’s Place’. The exhibit currently celebrates more than 20 local women who have made a difference in the Long Beach community. This exhibit previously included photos and other artifacts used by women throughout history in Long Beach such as a 1930s nurses uniform from Seaside Hospital which is currently known as MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center.

The profiles of local women from the current exhibit can be seen online at hslb.org. The expanded exhibit is expected to be open within the next eight weeks. 

California State University Long Beach will hold a panel discussion titled Wonder Women: Celebrating Women in Tech, in honor of Women’s History Month on March 16. The panel will feature five professional women in the tech industry who will be discussing their careers in the industry. This free virtual event is open to the public and attendees will receive a Zoom link after registration at eventbrite.com. 

Literary Women is hosting its ‘Long Beach Festival of Authors on March 19. The event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m’ and include author panels, book-buying, and luncheon in the ballroom. Attendees must be fully vaccinated in order to attend. Click here for more information.

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios has a women’s self-defense workshop one Saturday a month and this month’s class will be on March 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.. Self Defense Sunday is a 90-minute basic instruction on hand-to-hand defenses and non-lethal weapons. Go to the Eventbrite page here for more information. 

If there are any events celebrating Women’s History Month in your neighborhood, feel free to let us know at longbeachlocalnews@gmail.com

By Morgan Trivitt and Casey N. Wilson