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“Notable Women” Speakers’ Series at Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos announces a series of lectures that begin in February and run through May; the lectures explore notable women in Western history. Meet some of California history's "dangerous" women and learn about the tribulations that they have encountered as they fought for the right to vote, the welfare of children, and fair labor laws, and more. All programs begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, and pre-registration is required. Please call (562) 570-1755 for reservations.

The Notable Women Lecture Series at Rancho Los Cerritos is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 21: Amy Simon presents her one-woman multi-media show called, “She’s History! The Most Dangerous Women in History…Then and Now.” The show incorporates historical monologues of women who have made a difference in history, as well as explores Simon’s personal experiences of motherhood.

Thursday, March 21: Filmmaker Martha Wheelock presents her documentary, “California Women Win the Vote.” The film illustrates the dramatic history of women’s suffrage in California, which took place nine years before the Federal Amendment.

Thursday, April 18: Authors Gloria Harris and Hannah Cohen share tales from “Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present.” The book highlights the stories of 40 provocative women whose lives had an important impact on their society. The authors underscore the struggles and achievements that paved the way and set positive examples for future generations of women.

Thursday, May, 30: Researchers Marcia Harris, Kathie Schey and Leslie Reese discuss “Notable Women of Rancho Los Cerritos: Fanny Bixby Spencer, Sarah Bixby Smith and Rafaela Nieto de Cota.” The evening will highlight a compelling presentation of three local women who helped shaped the history of Rancho Los Cerritos.


Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to the modern and urban society it is today. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. For more information please call (562) 570-1755, or visit the website at www.rancholoscerritos.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.con/rancholosc.