March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation.
In our community, San Diego’s list of influential women is ever-growing and includes notable names like Joan Kroc, Ellen Scripps, Katherine Sessions and Belle Benchley, among others.
San Diego women today carry out the legacies of the females who came before them through activism, public service and philanthropy. In fact, several philanthropists at The San Diego Foundation are women who have made an impact in the region in their own right.
Check out the list of women at The Foundation who are helping to grow a vibrant San Diego region now and for future generations.
Women Philanthropists Making an Impact in San Diego
Alicia Gwynn Build Character Among San Diego Youth
Alicia Gwynn, local businesswoman and wife of the late Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn, has made a major impact in the community for San Diego youth.
Lisa Ruder Personifies Community Giving
Lisa Ruder shares the personal and philanthropic benefits of being a Regional Affiliate member and describes how the Escondido Charitable Foundation strengthens the community.
Janie DeCelles Carries on Aunt Hattie Ettinger’s Legacy
Janie DeCelles’ close relationship with her aunt, Hattie Ettinger, inspired Janie’s passion for the environment and for giving back to her community.
Masako Kimura Streling: Following the Samurai Code of Service
Oceanside’s Masako Kimura Streling overcame childhood hardships in Japan and lives out the Samurai Bushido code in her efforts to give back to her community.
How Jennifer Hunt Went the Extra Mile to Enhance the Lives of San Diego Students
Jennifer Hunt’s passion for education and impactful ideas drove her to ensure San Diego’s classrooms provided the best learning environment for special needs students.
Cheryl Cox Believes Many Hands Make Community Work
Former Mayor of Chula Vista Cheryl Cox’s collaborative approach and commitment to community building embodies the value of collective giving.
Karen McElliott Leaves Life-Saving Legacy After Family Tragedy
The sudden death of Karen McElliott’s husband from cardiac arrest helped lead to the creation of San Diego Project Heart Beat and save the lives of San Diegans region-wide.
Debbie Kurth Helps Make Rancho Bernardo One of Region’s Most Generous Communities
From Volunteer of the Year for the Rancho Bernardo Business Association to Honorary Mayor of the community of Rancho Bernardo, Debbie Kurth’s many accolades speak volumes.
Who are your favorite women in history?
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