Lucy Killea, Ph.D is perhaps most well-known for her eighteen years of service as an elected official, serving on the San Diego City Council (1978-82); in the California State Assembly (1982-89); and in the State Senate (1989-96). Dr. Killea, an American and Latin American historian, was also one of the first individuals to "recognize the importance of communication across the California-Mexico border" and therefore helped to found Fronteras de las Californias, "a nonprofit liaison with Mexico funded by the City of San Diego, UCSD, and private corporations." Dr. Killea's career reflects her commitment to women's issues and improving women's lives. While serving in the State Assembly, Lucy helped to create the bipartisan Women's Caucus; she fought for years to "implement a licensed midwife program" which passed in 1993; and has been a pro-choice advocate, maintaining her position even in the face of strong opposition and public sanction by the Catholic Church.
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.