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Women’s Herstory Month Notables for March 29 to March 31, 2015

March 29: The founder and director of Barrio Station—a youth program that saves the lives of thousands of troubled young people by offering them alternatives to delinquency—Rachael Ortiz is committed to youth. She has been awarded the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award, the California Legislature’s Women of the Year Award, and the Aztec Achievement Award. We celebrate Ortiz for her advocacy for the most vulnerable and powerless in our community--delinquent youth.

Women’s Herstory Month Notables for March 22 to March 28, 2015

March 22: One of the last local Luiseno indigenous peoples, and an advocate for the San Luis Rey Luiseno Band of Indians, Louise Foussat was an amazing community educator. She visited many schools to educate other about indigenous people and taught related courses at Palomar College. The Oceanside Unified School District honored Loussat by naming a school after her---the Louise Foussat Elementary School---vindication for Loussat’s inability to attend local schools because of her American Indian heritage. August 25th is Louise Foussat Day!

Women’s Herstory Month Notables for March 15 to March 21, 2015

March 15: Joanne DiBona is a Travel Journalist and Photographer at Travel Journalist and 10 Best at USA TODAY, which provides travel guides, tourist to do lists, and notable attractions. Previously, she was in public relations as the Director of Communications at the San Diego Tourism Authority, which strives to promote tourism and visitors for San Diego’s economic benefit. Her photography, which has appeared in many websites, smart phone apps, guide books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, and other publications, also helped to promote San Diego as a destination.

Women’s Herstory Month Notables for March 8 to March 14, 2015

March 8: Vickie Butcher is not only the Executive Director for Water for Children Africa, but also was a candidate for the United States Representative District 52 in 2008. The Water for Children Africa non-profit fundraise for bringing sustainable and safe water and medical supplies to 15 nations in Africa. She also served on California Water Quality Control, San Diego Human Relations Council, and National Medical Association Auxiliary.

In Women’s History Lies the World’s Future

In Women’s History Lies the World’s Future
By Commissioner Rupa G. Singh

Yes, March is National Women’s History Month. And yes, it provides some a feel-good opportunity to recognize women’s under-appreciated yet undeniable contributions to every imaginable human endeavor. But does it really, truly matter? And should it continue to matter after the month of March?

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