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. See http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/sep/07/rachel-ortiz/

March 30: The first woman and the first African American to be a superintendent of the San Diego City Schools, Bertha Pendleton was an advocate of equity in education and a champion of reform. She served as a teacher, counselor, principal, program director, assistant and deputy superintendent. In each role, she advocated for reading programs, worked to reduce class size, and imposed a rigorous accountability system. We celebrate Pendleton for dedicating her life to improving the San Diego educational system. See http://sites.sandiego.edu/remarkableleaders/past-honorees/bertha-pendlet...

March 31: Dr. Amorita Treganza was not only a pediatric optometrist, but also a Spanish dancer, lemon fruit packer, and actor. She was also the first woman to head the national medical association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Treganza championed to found, and was a past president of, the Lemon Grove Historical Society. We celebrate Dr. Treganza for her medical work, for inspiring young women to pursue optometry, and for her vision of a community that integrated art and science. See http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/content/remembering-dr-amorita-treganza

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Herstory series

This series about notable women is a treasure---very valuable. Each woman profiled has a unique story. Thank you for all of the Herstory articles.

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