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Women's Museum of California

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17th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

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.    

Sara Vasquez

Sara Vasquez

Sara "Madre Sarita" Macias Vasquez is an indigenous Mexican immigrant healer and teacher who carries on traditions of spiritual healing in Toltec, curanderismo and other holistic native healing traditions. Raised by her Toltec grandparents (her grandfather was a community “shaman” in rural Jalisco), she became a wife and mother at 15 and had 13 children. She worked in and outside of the home, putting several of them through college. She describes herself as someone who does spiritual work, healing through her hands and prayers. She is recognized by thousands as gifted, presenting to audiences as diverse as UCSD physicians and various-sized groups of followers throughout California, Tijuana, and Texas.

She was interviewed by local San Diego and Tijuana television to share insights about her more than 40 years of teaching and healing. She has also empowered women by holistically attending to their “bodymindspirit,” and convincing them to have faith in themselves: Si se puede – yes, it’s possible, is the message she instills in them. Having overcome obstacles in her own life, she is a powerful mentor. She is currently writing her autobiography and participating in oral histories, fully conscious of the significance of her knowledge for future generations.

Sara "Madre Sarita" Macias Vasquez, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2007 Historian