"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

Great event! Everyone had a great time at my table, and I saw more than a few misty eyes during the performances.
L. Karen Harrison

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.

Gloria M. Lopez, a second generation American, who was born and raised in Winters, California, still resides in the community. Both her maternal and fraternal grandparents emigrated from Spain in the early 1900s. Her maternal grandparents, John and Alice Carbahal, came as young children with their parents on the first ship that left Spain for Hawaii in 1907. Her paternal grandparents, Rafael and Filomena Lopez, came through the east coast in 1920 when they were 35 years old.

She and her husband, Michael Autry, are partners in the family farming business started by her parents, Sebastian and Marie Lopez. Gloria is also a retired educator having taught for 35 years including 25 years at Sacramento City College. She spends much of her free time helping out at the Winters Museum, gardening, and traveling.

Annual Celebration

We are excited to announce our 2023 celebration honoring Women’s History Month at the Gibson House grounds on March 18, 2023, from 11am to 1pm.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” recognizing women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.

Please join us to hear Winters residents Gloria Lopez, author of An American Paella, a compilation of Spanish immigrant stories, who will speak about her experience as an author, historian, and curator of local history, and Corinne Martinez, upon whose family some of the stories are based, who will read excerpts from the book.

As always, our Yolo County Library and Archives will participate, as will the Woodland Public Library and UC Davis Library Special Collections.

Please register for the celebration on eventbrite

512 Gibson Rd, Woodland

Admission: $20

Small tasting portions of paella, tapas, and tortillas española will be served.

Part of the mission of the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee is to raise funds for our local libraries and women’s organizations. We gratefully accept any donations or sponsorships that you are willing to provide.   

We look forward to seeing everyone on March 18th!


It is with regret that the WHM luncheon scheduled for March 2021, has been CANCELLED due to precautions concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are hoping that we will all be able to gather in celebration in March, 2022!  For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit Yolo County Health & Human Services.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

WHM Board of Directors

Women's History

2023 WHM Resolution Picture with BOS

Gloria M. Lopez, 2023 YCWHM Keynote Speaker, with Supervisor Gary Sandy and Yolo County Board of Supervisors 

Gloria M. Lopez published AN AMERICAN PAELLA: Becoming American While Staying Spanish: A Century of Memories in Winters, California and produced a documentary of the same name in 2007 after interviewing over 80 people in Winters.  The stories are based on memories, experiences and tales that have been passed down for almost four generations. A few of the stories are from individuals who actually were born in Spain and immigrated to the United States; many of the stories are from individuals whose parents were the immigrants; and the remaining are from those whose grandparents and great-grandparents left their homes in search of a better life for their families.  They found that better life in Winters.


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