"We really enjoyed the stage program when some local women dressed up as historic Yolo County women. I remember Margy Yutzy as Margaret McDowell. I think having a connection to the historic women from all parts of the county is important."
Sharon Freitas
formerly of West Sacramento


“I enjoy the luncheons because they focus on positive things. This gives me a chance to see the movers and shakers from other parts of the county. The lunches remind us of the accomplishments Yolo County women have been making over time.”

John Ohlson
West Sacramento

Nonprofit Status

Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt California non-profit corporation. Contributions to YCWHM qualify as tax-deductible for donors.

West was an early feminist, organizing the Women's Caucus at Indiana University Bloomington, School of Law in 1971 as a 2nd-year law student.  She co-wrote a law school course on women and law with I.U. Law Professor Jack Getman and helped him teach the course in 1974.  She was the treasurer of the Indiana Equal Rights Amendment campaign in 1976-77, Indiana being the last state in the nation to ratify the ERA.  She coordinated the Women's Rights Project of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union from 1977 to 1979.

After coming to UC Davis and needing full-day child care for her youngest daughter, then 3 years old, West chaired the parent group that organized Redbud Montessori School in 1984.  She chaired the City of Davis Child Care Commission in 1988 and 1989, negotiating the arrangement between the city, the school district, and Child Development Centers to set up on-site child care programs at the elementary schools in Davis.  She later served two terms on the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education from 1997 to 2005.

West has served as a consultant and expert witness on behalf of women faculty suing UC campuses and other universities for sex discrimination.  One case resulted in a $1.2 million jury verdict, another in a $1 million settlement, and two others settled with either a large award or reinstatement with tenure.

From 1996 through 2006, West was co-author with Professor Herma Hill Kay of UC Berkeley Law School of the law textbook, Sex-Based Discrimination, the 4th, 5th and 6th editions.  In 1998 she founded the UCD Law School's Family Protection Clinic, with law students, under the supervision of staff attorneys, representing low-income women survivors of domestic violence in family law matters in Yolo County Superior Court.  After West retired from UCD in 2007, she served as General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors from 2008 to 2010.

West currently volunteers as a tax preparer at the Davis Senior Center for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, and is on a gardening crew at the UC Davis Arboretum.  She has three daughters and four grandchildren.

31st Annual Luncheon

March is National Women's History Month. The annual Yolo County Women's History Month luncheon highlights the achievements of local women leaders. We are looking forward to the 31st anniversary luncheon, to be held Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland. The buffet luncheon will once again be catered by Anderson Family Catering.  Click here to preview the luncheon menu.

The 2018 luncheon is sold out. We are no longer taking reservations.

Guest Speaker

The 2018 national theme for Women's History Month is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  To address the theme, we are honored to announce that the guest speaker for the Yolo County Women's History Month luncheon will be Martha S. West, Professor of Law Emerita, University of California Davis, School of Law.

Martha West is Professor of Law Emerita, having taught employment discrimination, labor law, and gender and law at UC Davis Law School for 25 years from 1982 to 2007.  Her scholarship focused on discrimination against women faculty at research universities, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and education law.


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