"I thought that this year was the best so far, and I have been coming for at least ten years, or maybe longer. Everything was very well organized. The food was excellent. The speech was excellent and timely. My friends who came with me also enjoyed the event immensely. Keep doing what all of you on the committee are doing!"
Yvonne Clinton

"Every year we get to celebrate the women of Yolo County and their numerous achievements.  I love attending these luncheons to hear about the women who are making positive change in our county and who continue to be role models for all of us."
Lana Paulhamus
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.

2020 Women's History Month Luncheon

The Yolo County Women's History Month luncheon will not be held this year.  The committee is concentrating all its efforts in preparation for its milestone event commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment when women won the right to vote.  However, the committee has a luncheon date for next year--March 12, 2020.  More details will be available here as the event date approaches.

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Jenni Jacobs
Heather Lanctot
Amanda Mason
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Committee Member:
David Moreno

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