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Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries, and Innovators

Authors Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris document the diverse legacy of formidable female leaders from San Diego, including better known figures like Ellen Browning Scripps and Belle Benchley (the first female zoo director) to others like Luisa Moreno who established the United Fish Cannery Workers Union, and Bertha Pendleton the first female and first African American San Diego school superintendent. Join us to hear the stories of these women of vigilance and determination!

San Diego History Center
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Free for volunteers and SDHC Members (volunteers check VicNet, members check your email); $5 general public

Hannah Cohen

Hannah Cohen

Hannah Cohen has a Bachelor Arts in political science and history, a Master’s of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Administration. Early in her career, she worked in the public library system in New York and was then Director of Communications and Media.

For most of her career, Ms. Cohen worked as a public affairs consultant for numerous non-profit organizations assisting in capacity building, fund development, and advocating for policy changes for the underserved.

Hannah has been deeply involved in advocating for women’s equality and the rights of the underprivileged, and she serves on numerous boards promoting awareness of these issues. She is currently President of the Women’s Museum of California and has served on the museum’s board of directors for six years.

Hannah and Gloria recently co-authored, Women Trailblazers of California (2012), the stories of forty remarkable women who have been at the core of change in innovation throughout California’s history.

Gloria G. Harris

Gloria G. Harris

Dr. Gloria G. Harris began her career as a clinical psychologist in the early seventies after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington. She co-authored the groundbreaking book Assertive Training for Women (1975) and taught assertiveness training and management training for women in federal agencies throughout the United States. She also edited a text book, The Group Treatment of Human Problems (1977), and co-authored a self-help book, Surviving Infidelity (1994; 2005). Dr. Harris has been appointed to numerous boards and commissions and previously served as chair of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and the County Mental Health Board. She is a former board member of the Women’s Museum of California and has been inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame.


December 14, 2016
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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