League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Celebrates 95th Anniversary and Right to Vote

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Awards ceremony and fundraiser open to the public includes new film SUFFRAGETTE starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep and tells the story of the battle for women’s voting rights

Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep lead the cast of the moving and stirring drama, SUFFRAGETTE

SUFFRAGETTE, the first feature film to tell the story of the battle for women’s voting rights, will be screened at League of Women Voters of Los Angeles anniversary celebration.

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day in the U.S.when every eligible male and female voter can take part in our democracy." -- Maria Montero, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA), an organization that protects and engages voters, celebrates its 95th anniversary with an awards ceremony and fundraiser Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, CA in the SilverScreen Theater from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and includes a special screening of Focus Features’ new film, SUFFRAGETTE. Tickets ($95) on sale to the public include reception, awards ceremony, living room-style conversation with filmmakers and film screening and can be purchased on the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles website. All proceeds benefit the LWVLA a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

SUFFRAGETTE director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan will be honored with the LWVLA’s Carrie Chapman Catt Leadership Award. Their eagerly awaited new movie, SUFFRAGETTE, is the first feature film to tell the story of the battle for women’s voting rights. Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of the moving and stirring drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early 20th-century Britain. SUFFRAGETTE, MPAA-rated “PG-13,” also stars Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, and Natalie Press.

Monica Horan Rosenthal, the actress best known for playing Amy MacDougal on the Emmy®-winning "Everybody Loves Raymond," will emcee the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles event and moderate living room-style conversation with honorees. Along with her husband, Philip Rosenthal, Monica is co-founder of The Flourish Foundation and the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

Yoruba Richen, the director, producer and writer of “The New Black” accepts the LWVLA’s Carrie Chapman Catt Leadership Award. Richen’s documentary tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the marriage equality movement and fight over civil rights.

Ruth Garcia-Corrales receives LWVLA’s Civic Service Leadership Award for her significant business and community service as well as philanthropic support. She brings this commitment as Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager of Curacao, one of the most trusted names in Hispanic retail sales, and also as Western Region Manager and Los Angeles Chapter President of the National Association of Professional Women.

Linda Goldstein Knowlton, an Emmy®-nominated producer and director is honored for producing the documentary, “Code Black” (2014), the basis for the new television series premiering on CBS’ 2015 fall schedule about life in one of the busiest and most tense emergency rooms in the nation and how doctors cope. Her body of work includes the documentaries, “Makers: Women In Hollywood,” and “Somewhere Between” about a group of girls adopted from China and their search for identity, and films including "Whale Rider." Goldstein Knowlton accepts LWVLA’s Carrie Chapman Catt Leadership Award.

“Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is Election Day in the United States and we hope every eligible male and female voter will take part in our democracy,” says Maria Montero, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles. “As the film SUFFRAGETTE beautifully depicts, we have come a long way not only obtaining the right to vote, but educating the public about electoral issues and candidates. Without the League we could not celebrate our honorees and their achievements. We invite the public to support the League and LA-based activities central to our democracy.”

The Carrie Chapman Catt Leadership Award is named for the American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving American women the right to vote in 1920. The honor pays tribute to those who make unprecedented contributions to the empowerment of women.

About the League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan grassroots volunteer organization founded in 1920 when women fought for and finally attained the right to vote. Originally designed to help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters and to nurture civic leaders, today’s League helps voters, women and men, become informed and engaged citizens. The League continues to engage and empower diverse voices to participate in democracy, defend and expand voting rights, and advocate for better laws and public policy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate.

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