"I have attended the luncheons for several years. My mother, though she did not have the opportunity to attend college, was an independent woman who was very interested in the history and culture of her family and her community. It is encouraging to see that spirit continue, not only in the women of my family, but also in our Yolo County community."
 
Jim Brewer
West Sacramento

 
"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
Sacramento
formerly of West Sacramento

 

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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.

As SPI, Delaine fought to rebuild California school libraries and to wire schools for technology. She was the architect of the innovative Net Days, copied nationally in more than forty states and internationally in more than forty countries. On Net Day, more than 20,000 volunteers joined President Clinton, Vice President Gore and Delaine to wire schools all over California. Delaine has been an advocate for substantial increases in school construction funding, universal preschool, full-day mandatory kindergarten, better career and technical education and greater civic engagement of students. She advocated a longer school year and more safety nets for children who fall behind.

Prior to being SPI, Delaine served as a community college professor of women’s studies and political science, an accounting manager for a large corporation where she also became a corporate planner, as well as spending six years on the city council of Union City and eight years in the California Assembly. After leaving the SPI role, Delaine was the executive director of the National Institute for School Leadership and subsequently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. In 2018, Delaine was a candidate for governor of California. Among her many awards, Delaine received the UC Davis Medal in 2015, ‘the highest honor the campus bestows on individuals to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’s Vision of Excellence.’ In Union City, Delaine Eastin Elementary School is named after her in honor of her work in the community and in California.

Annual WHM Luncheon

Women’s History

Month Luncheon

Cancelled

It is with regret that the WHM luncheon scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, has been CANCELLED due to precautions concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We will announce as soon as possible if and when we can reschedule the luncheon.  For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit Yolo County Health & Human Services.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

WHM Board of Directors

2020 Guest Speaker

Each year, March is designated nationally as Women's History Month. The 2020 national theme, commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, is VALIANT WOMEN OF THE VOTE. As we celebrate the women who have fought for women’s right to vote in the United States, we are proud to announce Delaine Eastin, former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as this year’s luncheon speaker.

Delaine Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman in history elected to that position. As an elected constitutional officer, Delaine managed more than forty percent of the California budget and oversaw the education of 6.1 million children. Superintendent Eastin championed state standards and assessments aligned to standards, reduced class size in kindergarten through third grade, and strengthening of arts education and hands-on science, including gardens in schools. When she left office, California had gardens in more than 3,000 schools, and Eastin had enrolled California as the first state to embrace the Team Nutrition program to improve the nutritional value of school lunches.

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