Charlotte Baker (deceased), Empowerer of women, was San Diego’s first woman physician and the only woman president (1898) of the San Diego County Medical Society until 1987. Between 1888 and her death in 1936 she worked to eliminate prostitution, led the building of Balboa Park’s Children’s Home, helped found the San Diego Zoo, advocated a shorter work week for laborers, served on the City Civil Service Commission (president 9 years), and co-founded San Diego YWCA. As a leader of San Diego’s suffrage movement, she felt that winning California women the right to vote in 1911 was a life high point. She delivered about 1000 babies, proud that she never lost a mother in childbirth.
17th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 17th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2018. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.