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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

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 Megan Burks, KPBS News, Brooke Ruth

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 Susan Murphy, Associated Press

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).

Podcast Episode 42: Feminist Western And Horror Film List

Podcast Episode 42: Feminist Western And Horror Film List

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando

Feminist western barely qualifies as a subgenre since there are so few entries but "The Keeping Room" (opening Oct. 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) offers a strong entry.

Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker, Katie Schoolov

The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival will hand out its tribute awards on Saturday, with Brit Marling receiving its Auteur Award.

Controversial German Director Leni Riefenstahl Inspires 'Amazons An...

Controversial German Director Leni Riefenstahl Inspires 'Amazons And Their Men'

Sept. 18
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Diversionary Theatre has a new artistic director who wants to showcase new works. But "Amazons and Their Men," the first play of the 30th anniversary season, looks to the past to find insights into the future.

LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Christine Kehoe Improves Quality of Lif...

LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Christine Kehoe Improves Quality of Life for San Diegans

LGBT Pride Month 2015 Honoree

June 8
By Monica Medina

Becoming a politician was the last thing on Christine Kehoe’s mind when she was growing up in Troy, New York. She didn’t even run for student government at her high school. Yet in 1993, Kehoe would open doors, becoming the first member of the LGBT community to hold an elected office in San Diego.

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