“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

"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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Women’s History Month?
Women's History Month began in Sonoma County in 1978. It quickly spread to thousands of communities around the country.

Women's contributions to our world, our nation, our state and our local community are celebrated during Women's History Month. In every sphere of life, women play crucial economic, cultural and social roles.

By joining together, we recognize the contributions of women throughout Yolo County and rededicate ourselves to creating the best possible future for all people.

Why have a luncheon?
In 1980, a group of women noted that women were absent from our texts. Less than 3% of the content was devoted to the accomplishments of women. Girls had few role models. Girls, boys, and many adults assumed women did nothing important, and this perception needed to be addressed. This group of concerned women convinced Congress and the White House of the need for our nation to celebrate and recognize women’s role in history on an annual basis. As a result of their efforts, the week of March 8th (International Women’s Day) was officially designated as National Women’s History Week.

Former Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson organized the very first Yolo County Women’s History Month Luncheon in April 1987 at the Carousel Restaurant in Woodland. The luncheon theme was “Generations of Courage, Compassion and Conviction.” About 40 people attended, including then-Davis Board of Education Trustee Janice Bridge and then-Yolo County Supervisor Betsy Marchand. It was decided at that luncheon that the experience should be repeated in March 1988, and the tradition has continued every year since.

The luncheon has grown considerably over the years, with between 250 and 300 people expected to attend this year’s 30th anniversary luncheon on March 9, 2017. The luncheon theme is 'Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.' Women and men from throughout Yolo County and the surrounding communities will come together to show their support.

The success of the luncheon has exceeded expectations, and planning this annual event provides an incredible sense of pride and joy to the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s luncheon!

Who benefits from donations to Yolo County’s WHM?
Yolo County public libraries and Woodland Public Library receive funds to purchase women’s history materials.

How can I make luncheon reservations?
You may make reservations online here, or mail your reservation form and check for $25 per reservation to:

Women’s History Month
P.O. Box 711
Woodland, CA  95776

How much does a sponsorship cost?
$500 level - includes 8 luncheon reservations and a reserved table
$250 level - includes 4 luncheon reservations
$125 level - includes 2 luncheon reservations
  $75 level - includes 1 luncheon reservation

Please click here for more information on sponsorships.

How can I help?
YCWHM is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to join the luncheon planning committee or help on the day of the luncheon, please contact Dotty Pritchard (530)666-8230, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tax-deductible donations are accepted year round. You can donate online or send a check to Women’s History Month, P.O. Box 711, Woodland, CA 95776.

Contact Us

If you are looking for a pair of reading glasses left behind at the luncheon on March 9, please click on Dotty's name below to contact her via email or call 530-666-8230.

Board of Directors:
President:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Secretary: Kate Mawdsley
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Amanda Mason
Catherine Portman
Shipley Walters
Committee Member:
Amy Moore

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