Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators

Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators

by Hannah S. Cohen, Gloria G. Harris


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San Diego enjoys a diverse legacy of formidable female leaders. Ellen Browning Scripps financed and established the groundbreaking Scripps Oceanography Institute. In 1927, Belle Benchley became the nation's first female zoo director and for nearly thirty years pioneered new forms of exhibition and developed the world-class San Diego Zoo. Guatemalan activist and advocate Luisa Moreno established the United Fish Cannery Workers Union to protect the rights of workers during World War II. Ruth Alexander set new altitude records for light planes at the peak of the city's aviation boom. Bertha Pendleton became the first female and first African American San Diego school superintendent in 1993. Authors Hannah Cohen and Gloria Harris document these and many more stories of extraordinary local women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467118262
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/21/2016
Series: American Heritage
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Hannah Cohen holds a master of science degree in library and information sciences and an advanced diploma in educational administration. She was a public affairs consultant advocating and developing policies and legislation to prevent homelessness and for affordable housing. She continues to promote women's equality and rights for the underprivileged as the president of the Women's Museum of California and as a co-coordinator of J Street San Diego, part of a national organization promoting peace.

Dr. Gloria Harris began her career as a psychologist in the early 1970s after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington. She has previously been a lecturer at San Diego State University, department of women's studies, and was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. Her previous co-authored books include Assertive Training for Women (1975) and Surviving Infidelity (1994).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Part 1 1850-1900 11

Alary Chase Walker Morse (1828-1899): San Diego's First Teacher 13

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885): Author and Indian Rights Advocate 16

Lydia Knapp Horton (1843-1926): San Diego Public Library Supporter 20

Flora Kimball (1829-1898): Feminist Writer and Community Activist 23

Charlotte Baker (1855 1937): San Diego's First Female Physician 26

Kate Sessions (1857-1940): Mother of Balboa Park 30

Part 2 1900-1950 35

Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932): Journalist and Philandiropist 37

Hazel Wood Waterman (1865-1946): Renowned Architect 41

Belle Benchley(1882 1972): The Zoo Lady 44

Althea Wrarren (1886-1958): City Librarian 48

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill (1878-1964): University of San Diego Founder 52

Ruth Alexander (1905-1930); Record-Setting Aviatrix Luisa Moreno (1907- 1992): 56

Mexican American Civil Rights Leader 59

Madge Bradley (1904-2000). San Diego's First Female Judge 65

Part 3 1950-2000 67

Florence Chadwick (1918 1976): Nautical Trailblazer 69

Anita Figucredo (1916-2010): Trailblazing Surgeon Martha Longenecker (1920-2013): The Artisan; Equal Parts of Inspiration and Determination 77

Joan Kroc (1928-2003): Cultural Bridge Builder 82

Deborah Szekely (1922-present): Godmother of the Wellness Movement 86

Anna Sandoval (1934-2010): First Female Sycuan Tribal Leader 90

Bertha Pendleton (1933-present): First Black Superintendent in San Diego 94

Jeanne McAlister (1932 -present): Savior of Thousands 97

Part 4 2000-2015 101

Lynn Schenk (1945-present): Tireless Advocate for Justice and Equality 104

Marye Anne Fox (1947-prcsent): Chancellor and Renowned Scientist 108

Shirley Weber (1948-present): Founder of Africana Studies at SDSU 112

Lenore Bohm (1954-present): Feminist Spiritual Leader 115

Shelley Zimmerman (1960-present): The Zimmerman Code Enforcer 120

Toni Atkins (1962-present): Appalachia to San Diego 124

Bibliography 129

Index 139

About the Authors 143

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