Mission Statement

Women On A Roll (WOAR) is a social organization that strives to enrich the lives of lesbians–both couples and singles alike. Its membership represents women of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, and fitness levels and brings them together in a fun and relaxed environment. WOAR is also committed to supporting worthy causes and charities that are part of our diverse and wonderful community.

History

In 1995, Women On A Roll (WOAR) was formed as a small group of women that met for weekly bike rides. As the group grew larger, more diverse and more interested in venturing out for other activities, WOAR founder Andrea Meyerson saw that many of the women were attending not only for the bike ride but also for the camaraderie, wanting an alternative to searching for like-minded women in the bars. She began organizing dinners at popular restaurants and group outings to concerts, movies and the theater in and around Los Angeles.

Interest in the club became so overwhelming that a monthly newsletter was created so everyone could keep up-to-date on the group’s activities as well as other happenings in the gay and lesbian community. Within five months, more than 200 women had attended at least one event offered by Women On A Roll.

The club’s reach began to extend far beyond Southern California, with trips offering members as well as out-of-state women an opportunity to travel together from California cities to exotic places such as Fiji and Peru. The club has also traveled together in support of gay and lesbian causes around the country, including the annual National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Women’s Weekend in San Francisco and the monumental Millennium March on Washington in Washington, DC.

Since its inception in 1995, Women On A Roll has reached more than 13,000 women and has served them during all stages of their lives: coming out, relocating to a new city, making new friends, finding romance and “starting over.” Because of the supportive nature of the club, many therapists often refer their clients to the organization. Never turning anyone away for lack of funds WOAR is a warm and welcoming place for all women.

Founder, Andrea Meyerson

Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming as well as a successful producer of concerts and live comedy shows. As founder and president of StandOut Productions she has produced and directed nearly 30 feature films, television specials and series episodes which have aired on Showtime, Viacom’s Logo Network and several Canadian networks.

In 2002, Meyerson produced and directed the award-winning comedy documentary LAUGHING MATTERS. The success of the critically acclaimed film spawned three award-winning sequels: LAUGHING MATTERS…MORE! (2006), LAUGHING MATTERS…THE MEN (2007) and LAUGHING MATTERS…NEXT GEN (2008).


Meyerson began creating original television programming in 2007. She produced and directed numerous standup comedy specials featuring popular comics such as Niecy Nash (Reno 911, Clean House, Dancing with the Stars), Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), Kate Clinton (The L Word, Smash), Suzanne Westenhoefer (Late Show with David Letterman), Jessica Kirson (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), and many others. She also created the ONE NIGHT STAND UP series for Viacom’s Logo Network, delivering 10 episodes, each showcasing a group of diverse comics.


In 2012 Meyerson completed the full-length documentary I STAND CORRECTED, which she produced and directed. The film premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival in April 2012 where it won the Audience Award for Best Film. Still playing at film festivals, I STAND CORRECTED has won a total of 15 audience and/or jury awards and continues to receive outstanding reviews.


In 2014 Andrea premiered her documentary, LETTER TO ANITA, which is still touring the film festival circuit worldwide and has won numerous awards.


Meyerson is also a prolific producer of live comedy shows and concerts. Since founding StandOut Productions in 1997, she has staged live events featuring some of the country’s best-known entertainers, including Wanda Sykes, Roseanne Barr, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading and Brandi Carlile.


Meyerson created a vlog in 2008 called ALL ACCESS PASS which was acquired by afterellen.com, one of the largest lesbian websites in the world. She hosted, directed and produced 40 episodes interviewing guests such as Heart, Cybill Shepard, Renee Zellweger, Gina Gershon, Jane Lynch, Margaret Cho, k.d. lang, and many others.


In 1995, Andrea founded Women On A Roll, one of the country’s largest social organizations for lesbians. Now in it’s 21st year, she the organization still offers world-wide travel and other unique opportunities for women.


The recipient of numerous awards for her activism and work within the communities she is passionate about serving, Meyerson was recognized with the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s “L.A.C.E. (Lesbians Active in Community Empowerment) Award” in 2002. PowerUp honored her as one of the “10 Amazing Women in Showbiz” in 2004. In 2006, she received the “WIN Outstanding Women Award” from the Women’s Image Network and was one of three finalists for PlanetOut’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Andrea made history in 2007 when she became the first out lesbian to receive the YWCA’s “Women of Achievement Award”. In March of 2008, Andrea was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s prestigious “Local Hero Award.” The Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival presented Andrea with their “Body of Work Award” on their 2013 Alaska Cruise. Last year she received the “Visibility Award” from JQ International.


Meyerson is currently touring the film festival circuit with her recently completed CLAMBAKE, a documentary about the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown.