Like Woody Allen’s character in the film Zelig, Heather Booth seems to have been everywhere there was a fight for social justice. She’s played key roles in battles for voting rights, child care, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.
The most wonderful thing about hearing Gloria Steinem speak recently at the Getty House was meeting the two high school students sitting in front of me. These young Latinas had just formed a feminism club at Montebello High, and its first meeting was a big success. The goal of the club, they told me, is to “explore what feminism means to other students and to educate ourselves.” The two were here to get a boost of ideas and inspiration from Steinem — and were they excited.
Over 100 high school students, overwhelmingly female and from a wide diversity of backgrounds, came to hear Steinem and to submit questions to which she responded. It felt like Feminism 101 and seemed to be exactly what the young women came for.
Amy Wakeland, who prefers to be identified as the First Lady of Los Angeles, and her husband, Mayor Eric Garcetti,