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Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Teodora Purcell

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Local attorney Teodora Purcell has a passion for helping others, and a proclivity for law. Her dedication to both earned her recognition as a Local Hero for Women's History Month. Read more

Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Jeeni Criscenzo

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Jeeni Criscenzo is the 2016 Women's History Month Local Hero. She's a poet, activist, former congressional candidate, and champion for homeless San Diegans. Read more

Roundtable: More Visas, More Raids; Women Sue Salk Institute; Imper...

Roundtable: More Visas, More Raids; Women Sue Salk Institute; Imperial Beach Sues Big Oil

July 21
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The number of temporary work visas increases, as does the number deportations. Three women scientists have now filed gender discrimination suits against the Salk Institute. And tiny Imperial Beach sues global conglomerates.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

Women's Film Fest Expands To New Location For Third Year

March 23
By Beth Accomando

For the third year the Women’s Museum is hosting a film festival and this year it is expanding to a new location.

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Podcast Episode 110: In Bed With Twisted Twins Jen And Sylvia Soska

Feb. 28
By Beth Accomando

February is Women in Horror Month and just before the month closes I want to pay tribute to some wickedly talented filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska and their second feature, "American Mary."

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

Jan. 20
By Brooke Ruth, KPBS News, Megan Burks

Downtown San Diego was a sea of pink as thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego for the Women's March Saturday morning.

Local Leaders To Be Honored In San Diego Women's Hall Of Fame

Local Leaders To Be Honored In San Diego Women's Hall Of Fame

Jan. 16
By City News Service

The San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame will honor six local women in March.

New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

New Film Series At MOPA Focuses On Famous Firsts

Jan. 12
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

This Friday, Jan. 13, Film Geeks San Diego kick off a year-long program of Famous Firsts at the Museum of Photographic Arts with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless."

Podcast Episode 105: Famous Film Firsts

Podcast Episode 105: Famous Film Firsts

Jan. 12
By Beth Accomando

Who was the first woman in the Directors Guild of America? What was the first X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar? What was the first film Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro worked on? Get the answers with a discussion of famous film firsts.

'Hidden Figures' Reveals Work Of African-American Women At NASA In ...

'Hidden Figures' Reveals Work Of African-American Women At NASA In 1960s

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando

"Hidden Figures," opening Jan. 6 in San Diego, looks to a trio of African-American women who served as human computers at NASA in the early 1960s. Their story was essentially untold until the book "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly, and now the film, shined a spotlight on their efforts.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Continues Through Sunday

San Diego Italian Film Festival Continues Through Sunday

Oct. 12
By Rebecca Romani

Women directors are dominating the screen in the closing days of the festival.

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

Navy Secretary Visits Camp Pendleton To Sell Marines On Women In Co...

Navy Secretary Visits Camp Pendleton To Sell Marines On Women In Combat

April 12
By Associated Press, Susan Murphy

The secretary told more than 1,200 Marines and sailors that the decision is final. Marine Corps leaders had sought to keep certain infantry and combat jobs closed to women.

Women's Professional Cycling Making Headway

Women's Professional Cycling Making Headway

Feb. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The most famous event in cycling, the Tour de France, is for men only. Now women are trying to move up from the back of the pack to increase their presence, number of events and prize money.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Uses Documentaries To Stir Awareness

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Uses Documentaries To Stir Awareness

Jan. 20
By Beth Accomando

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off its sixth year and four days of films at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Jan. 21.

Podcast Episode 50: Cynthia Nixon On Acting And 'James White'

Podcast Episode 50: Cynthia Nixon On Acting And 'James White'

Dec. 4
By Beth Accomando

This year is turning out to be a good one for older actresses. Cynthia Nixon talks about her role in the new independent film “James White” (opened Dec. 4 at Arclight La Jolla).

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