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April 13, 2024

10:00 AM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
11:30 AM Reception
Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime
Joan Kroc Theater
6611 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115

San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Since 2001, The Women’s Hall of Fame has celebrated women who have made outstanding contributions as professionals and volunteers, that improve the quality of life for everyone.

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Congratulations 2024

Hall of Fame Inductees

Anne

Anne S. Bautista, Esq

Category: Activist

Raye

Raye Clendening

Category: Empowerer

Dr.Olga

Dr. Olga Diaz

Category: Trailblazer

Anne-2

Anne Evans

Category: Empowerer

Dr.DJ

Dr. DJ Kuttin Kandi

Category: Historian

Yoland

Yolanda López

Category: Cultural Bridge Builder

Andrea

Andrea Naversen

Category: Historian

We recognize the value of diversity. The WHOF celebrates the life-time accomplishments of diverse women whose documented history of professional or volunteer work has made exceptional contributions to the San Diego region and beyond. Recognition is accomplished through an induction ceremony and presentation of an award to the recipient as well as the holding of the individual’s name and record of accomplishments in a permanent archive held in the collection of the Women’s Museum of California.

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees

Since 2001, hundreds of San Diego women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame under 7 categories: Trailblazer, Empowerer, Activist, Historian, Cultural Bridge Builder, Advocates for Change, and Spirit of the Women’s Hall of Fame.
2002

Lucy Killea

Category: Activist

Gracia Molina de Pick

Category: Bridge Builder

Alemi Daba

Empowerer

Jane Dumas

Category: Historian

Madge Bradley

Category: Trailblazer

2003

Lilia Garcia Moreno de Lopez

Category: Empowerer

Alice Barnes

Category: Activist

Gloria Johnson

Category: Empowerer

Beverly Yip

Category: Activist

Ardelia "DeDe" McClure

Category: Bridge Builder

Midge Neff-LeClair

Category: Historian

Margaret Burbidge

Category: Trailblazer

Nancy Reeves

Category: Trailblazer

2004

Jean Stern

Category: Trailblazer

Rulette Armstead

Category: Activist

Gloria McClellan

Category: Activist

Joan B. Kroc

Category: Bridge Builder

Mary Maschal

Category: Historian

Doris Howell

Category: Trailblazer

2005

Anne D. Ewing

Category: Activist

Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper

Category: Bridge Builder

Helen S. Hawkins

Category: Empowerer

Evelyn Clarke

Category: Historian

Alice "Lefty" Hohlmeyerl

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

2006

Deborah Lindholm

Category: Empowerer

Kate Sessions

Category: Trailblazer

Jeri Dilno

Category: Activist

Ashley Walker

Category: Bridge Builder

Sally Ride

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Nona Canon

Category: Trailblazer Hall of Fame

2007

Tanja Winter

Category: Activist

Clara Estelle Breed

Category: Bridge Builder

Lucy Gonzales

Category: Bridge Builder

Ellen Browning Scripps

Category: Empowerer

Patricia Shaffer

Category: Empowerer

Sara Vasquez

Category: Historian

Joan Embery

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Belle Benchley

Category: Trailblazer

Ruth Heifetz

Category: Trailblazer

2008

Marianne McDonald

Category: Empowerer

Sylvia Hampton

Category: Activist

Karen Vigneault

Category: Bridge Builder

Judith Monk

Category: Historian

Bonnie Dumanis

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Elizabeth Riggs

Category: Trailblazer

2009

Marisa Ugarte

Category: Activist

Kate Yavenditti

Category: Activist

Edith Dabbs

Category: Empowerer

Dr. Charlotte Baker

Category: Historian

Li-Rong Cheng

Category: Historian

Monique Henderson

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Joan Craigwell

Category: Trailblazer

2010

Vivian Reznik

Category: Activist

Laura Rodriguez

Category: Bridge Builder

Dr. Gloria Harris

Category: Empowerer

Anna Sandoval

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Bree Walker

Category: Historian

Bridgit Wilson

Category: Trailblazer

Joan Craigwell

Category: Trailblazer

2011

Rita Sanchez

Category: Activist

Clara M. Harris

Category: Bridge Builder

Judith Forman

Category: Historian

Martha W. Longenecker

Category: Historian

Donna Frye

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Margaret Costanza

Category: Trailblazer

2012

Lynn Schenk

Category: Trailblazer

Anne Hoiberg

Category: Activist

Makeda Dread Cheatom

Category: Bridge Builder

Barbara Bry

Category: Empowerer

Jane Booth

Category: Historian

Ingrid Croce

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

2013

Irma Castro

Category: Activist

Aurora Soriano Cudal

Category: Bridge Builder

Betty Evans Boone

Category: Empowerer

Dorothy Hom

Category: Historian

Constance Carroll

Category: Trailblazer

2014

Rachel Ortiz

Category: Activist

Deborah Szekely

Category: Bridge Builder

Lorraine Boyce

Category: Empowerer

Sonia Lopez

Category: Historian

Dee Aker

Category: Trailblazer

2015

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Category: Empowerer

Sara Moser

Category: Activist

Starla Lewis

Category: Bridge Builder

Viviana Enrique Acosta

Category: Historian

Lee Ann Kim

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Anita Figueredo

Category: Trailblazer

2016

Elizabeth Lou

Category: Empowerer

Evonne Seron Schulze

Category: Activist

Sally Wong Avery

Category: Bridge Builder

Maria Garcia

Category: Historian

Dr. Dorothy Smith

Category: Trailblazer

2017

Lilia Velasquez

Category: Activist

Dilkhwaz Ahmed

Category: Bridge Builder

Carol Rowell Council

Category: Empowerer

Joyce Nower

Category: Historian

Darlene Davies

Category: Trailblazer

Irma Gonzales

Category: Trailblazer

2018

Nellie Andrade

Category: Empowerer

Janice Martinelli

Category: Historian

Jerrilyn Malana

Category: Trailblazer

Fahari Jeffers

Category: Activist

Carol Jahnkow

Category: Bridge Builder

Dede Alpert

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

2019

Lilia Garcia

Category: Bridge Builder

Bridget Wilson

Category: Activist

Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax

Category: Historian

Colleen O'Hara

Category: Empowerer

Dorothy Smith

Category: Trailblazer

Colleen O’Harra

Category: Empowerer

2020

Susan Davis

Category: Trailblazer

Sue Gonda

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Nola Butler Byrd

Category: Empowerer

Dr. Lupe Holguin Buell

Category: Bridgebuilder

Kathi Anderson

Category: Activist

Iris Engstrand

Category: Historian

2021

Niki de Saint Phalle

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Randa Trapp

Category: Trailblazer

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

Category: Activist

Susan Jester

Category: Empowerer

Margaret Iwanaga Penrose

Category: Bridgebuilder

Rosalie Schwartz

Category: Historian

2022

Tamila Ipema

Category: Trailblazer

Josephine Talamantez

Category: Historian

Dr. Francine Foster Williams, PhD

Category: Bridge Builder

Rosalia Salinas

Category: Activist

Marie M. Herney

Category: Empowerer

2023

Holly Smithson

Category: Spirit of the Women's Hall of Fame

Patricia A. McQuater

Category: Trailblazer

Juana Machado

Category: Bridge Builder

Amy Forsythe

Category: Activist

Norma Chávez-Peterson

Category: Historian

Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Category: Empowerer

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Category: Advocates for Change

Nominations Open
for Women's Hall of
Fame
Inductees

Do you know of outstanding women who have shattered barriers, inspired change, and left an indelible mark on history? The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame respectfully requests your 2025 nomination. Whether it’s in science, politics, arts, or any field, let’s celebrate these ladies achievements, honor their legacies, and preserve their accomplishments for generations to come.

Diverse Backgrounds

Many of our inductees represent an eclectic mix of cultures and talent.

Nominations Must be Submitted by Friday, October 11, 2024

Nominators must provide evidence that their nominee has a history of outstanding contributions and/or accomplishments for the broad benefit of the San Diego region and beyond in alignment with our 5 public voting categories:

​Trailblazer: Women who were first in their fields or whose individual accomplishments paved the way for other women.

Empowerer: Women who have significantly improved and impacted the lives of women and girls and created greater opportunities for them to excel.

​Activist: Women whose advocacy and relentless pursuit of positive and lasting societal change have bettered the lives of women and all people.

​Cultural Bridge Builder: Women who have bridged multiple communities, resulting in social change and a more diverse and connected community.

​Historian: Women who have kept our histories and cultures alive through their historical work, thereby contributing to the celebration, continuity and uplifting of our diverse communities.

WHOF is a Women’s Museum of California event
made possible by a collaboration of partners

All contributions and bequests are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal and state law. The Women’s Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. Tax ID is 95-3893212.

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