The Skyline Room at the buzzed with excitement as more than one hundred people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds came together to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.
The crowd included at least six girl scouts eager to learn what the night's event would bring.
It was "important to bring my girls to learn what women have accomplished over the years and to give them an idea of what they can become in life," said Girl Scout Troop Leader and mother Deborah Montreal.
The March 14 gathering was a first-ever joint project between the Soroptimist International of Artesia-Cerritos, Woman's Club of Artesia-Cerritos, and American Association of University Women (AAUW) of La Palma-Cerritos. The program featured local women portraying twenty-four influential women in history spanning from 1911 to the present, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Oprah Winfrey. (For a complete list of participants and portrayals, refer to the photo carousel.)
By the evening's end, attendees walked way with a better understanding and appreciation for the progress and achievements of women all over the world.
"This was amazing! This was a great collaboration for all three women's groups," said AAUW and Soroptimist member Joan Flax. "Hopefully we can do this again. I was really impressed ... there were more people than I thought were going to show up, so that's a good a thing! "