Assemblymember Richard Bloom Names WeHo’s Ivy Bottini ‘Woman of the Year’

California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) today announced that Ivy Bottini, an activist and artist who lives in West Hollywood, has been selected as the 50th Assembly District’s 2017 “Woman of the Year”.

Bottini had a decades-long career as an illustrator and graphic designer before becoming a trailblazing activist best known for her feminist and LGBT work. Over the course of her career as an activist, Bottini organized marches, founded several non-profits and led campaigns against statewide initiatives that targeted and sought to marginalize the LGBT community.

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“Ivy Bottini has left a lasting impact on the lives of countless people,” Bloom said. “She fights, unrelentingly, to bring justice and equality for marginalized people and communities, and has championed women’s rights and LGBT rights even when it came at personal cost. I am proud to celebrate her accomplishments as an artist, a mother, and an activist.”

Bottini began her career as an illustrator and graphic artist in New York. She studied at the Pratt Institute School of Art in Brooklyn, where she obtained a certificate in advertising graphic design and illustration. She spent several years working at art and advertising agencies before beginning her 16-year tenure as an art director and illustrator at Newsday, a major east coast newspaper. After moving to Los Angeles in 1971, Bottini studied acting and spent several years working as an actress.

Bottini was a founder of the first New York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), where she fulfilled the roles of both activist and artist and designed the organization’s national logo. In addition to her women’s rights work, Bottini also advocated for lesbian rights, and was even forced out of NOW for doing so.

Bottini intensified her LGBT activism in Southern California, where she helped found a number of nonprofit organizations including the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Board, AIDS Network LA and AIDS Project Los Angeles. She also worked on issues such as affordable housing and co-founded Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Inc., which built the first affordable housing complex for gay and lesbian seniors in the country. Bottini was also politically active and successfully led several campaigns, including the 1978 “No on 6” campaign, which challenged an initiative that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools.

“At a time when LGBT rights and women’s rights are increasingly under attack, it is important to recognize those trailblazers who inspire today’s aspiring leaders to reach their fullest potential,” Bloom said. “Ivy Bottini exemplifies the courage, resilience, and principled steadfastness that we should all aspire to have in fighting for justice and equality in our communities.”

Ivy Bottini will be recognized at a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday. More information about the Woman of the Year Event and the history of the California Legislative Woman’s Caucus is available online.

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Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson
5 years ago

Here is what IVY said at last nights council meeting. No on John Duran and No on John Heilman. Watch the vid here http://bit.ly/2n1PNUD

Shawn Thompson
Shawn Thompson
5 years ago

So glad you not voting for John Duran. As a LGBT activist your decision leads many to whats best for the #lgbt in WeHo

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
5 years ago

Having worked with Ivy nearly thirty years ago with the Stonewall Democratic Club it has been an amazing journey. In the last year or so we have seen Ivy re-emerge as a re-energized and passionate leader in West Hollywood. In each of Ivy’s reincarnations she emerges as a wiser and more intriguing figure; we are so lucky to have her as a member of this community, or I should say, as a community treasure. Thank you Assembly Bloom for this wonderful recognition.

Ben McCormick
Ben McCormick
5 years ago

Kudos Ivy! You are a strong and wonderful woman.

Larry Block
Larry Block
5 years ago

Congrats Ivy, well deserved after a lifetime of activism and achievements.

taiesteban
5 years ago

I came of age in the mid-90s, starting my career in social justice, working for the rights of the poor across LA. It’s because of heroes like Ivy Bottini that I get to be in the same line of work 20 years later. Ivy wears an invisible cape, of that I am certain.

Pat Dixon
Pat Dixon
5 years ago

a great choice. She’s a powerful spirit and a deserves the award.

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