Our icon is inspired by Picasso's Guernica where Woman carries the torch of hope above the carnage and by other artists such as Erte and Otsuka whose women have thrown off the yoke of cultural constraints. She moves forward with hope and courage.
The original Women For was founded in Los Angeles in 1964. Modeled after this effective and influential organization, Women For: Orange County opened its doors in 1984. Known for informative meetings, citizen activism and candidate support, Women For: Orange County proudly carries forward this legacy.
Our Monthly Meetings
Through monthly meetings featuring authors, professors, activists, candidates, elected officials and leading experts, Women For: Orange County connects with the community to share knowledge and advocate for the common good. Gatherings cover timely topics including peace, human rights, environmental protection, education, the well-being of children and families, civil rights, governmental reform, health care, sustainable development, justice and equal rights for women.
Our Annual Events
A unique and inspiring event, the Great American Write-In is an Orange County tradition. In early spring, this letter-writing jamboree motivates hundreds of citizens to take an active part in democracy by expressing their opinions to legislators and other leaders. Participants select their favorite issues after speaking with representatives from dozens of advocacy groups. Loyal letter-writers have fondly dubbed it "The Conscience of Orange County".
The oldest feminist event in Orange County, the Suffrage Day Luncheon, takes place in late August to commemorate the day women won the right to vote in 1920. Members, guests, and elected officials gather for a special lunch to celebrate the courageous struggle for women's suffrage. An awards ceremony is held to honor distinguished local activists for their outstanding contributions to the community and the world at large.
Our Accomplishments: Implementation of Laura’s Law in Orange County
Following the verdict in Fullerton's Kelly Thomas trial, the tragedy of neglect and mistreatment of those suffering from mental illness became national news. Women For: OC was instrumental in getting Orange County Supervisors to implement Laura’s Law, a vital piece of legislation that offers an alternative to jail or the emergency room by providing court-ordered, intensive treatment and consistent supervision for those individuals with mental illness for whom other community services are not working.
For background information: http://www.lauraslawoc.org
For CBS 60 Minute segment “Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill youth in crisis”
And for Feb. 9 New York Times: Nicholas D. Kristof: Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail