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Women's Museum of California

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16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017.  Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.    

Helen Hawkins

Helen Hawkins

Helen Hawkins
2005
Empowerer

Helen S. Hawkins, Ph.D., was a producer & host of KPBS humanities programs, an historian, co-founder and first president of San Diego National Organization for Women, and publications director for the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She produced and appeared in more than 100 KPBS-TV programs. Hawkins was an historian whose inquisitive mind and work improved the lives of women in our community. In an effort to provide support and information to the women of San Diego, Helen became co-founder an first president of the local NOW. She furthered this work by serving on the Commission for Affirmative Action and Women's Rights, participated in the National Women's Caucus, and helped create Dimensions, a women's networking group. After raising three children she returned to school to complete her masters and Ph.D. in history.

In the late 1970s Dr. Hawkins joined KPBS television as Executive Producer of Humanities programming. During her 6 years there she produced more than 100 television programs, many of which focus on women's rights and issues of the time. Her work received an Emmy and a silver gavel from the American Bar Association. In addition, Dr. Helen Hawkins was awarded NOW's Susan B. Anthony award given for "courage and compassion and work for women's rights." Helen also became publications director for the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation while serving on the UCSD Board of Overseers and with SD Independent Scholars. She embodied leadership and courage and her work bridged the gap between community and academics. She was a true visionary, a pioneer in her time in the broadcasting industry while furthering women's and minorities rights. Her most notable quote is true today: "Equal rights are just like liberty, never secure. The erosion of rights occurs so quietly, so slowly--you may not even notice it at first." Helen Hawkins lives on as a role model as we move toward equality in the 21st century.

Helen Hawkins, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2005