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Women's History Month

KPBS Celebrates Diversity

Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Every year, KPBS recognizes heroes in San Diego's diverse communities. It's part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, and made possible through our long-standing partnership with Union Bank.

We're taking nominations for Hispanic Heritage, Disability Awareness and American Indian Heritage months until May 25, 2014.

Nominate a Hero Now

Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

March 3
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For Vickie E. Turner, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a childhood dream, but as an accountant for the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, she felt that something was lacking and wanted more. Then a friend told her he was heading to San Diego for law school. The thought intrigued her, so she went along, figuring she'd just test the waters.

Child of Nature, M. Eloise Battle, Works to Preserve Tecolote Canyon

Feb. 28
By Monica Medina
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Most people seem to have a phobia about rats, and that's just what the boys in M. Eloise Battle's school were counting on the day they tossed a large, dead one right into her bicycle basket. Battle, who was in the seventh grade at the time, didn’t notice at first, but when she did see the specimen in her basket, she exclaimed with glee, "Oh boy! I can practice mounting this!"

For Amina Sheik Mohamed, Women’s Health is First

Women's History Month: 2013 Honoree

March 1
By Monica Medina
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San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood is home to one of the largest Somali populations in the nation. Many arrived here as refugees in the early 1990s, during a time of civil war strife in Somalia. One of those who settled here at that time is Amina Sheik Mohamed. Today she is manager of the African American Campaign for the Network for a Healthy California operated locally from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a 2013 Women’s History Month Local Hero honoree.

Ginita Wall and Candace Bahr Teach Women to Become Financially Savvy

Women's History Month: 2013 Honoree

March 1
By Monica Medina
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Two decades ago, in the throes of my divorce, I discovered a workshop that became my lifeline. It’s called Second Saturday: Divorce Workshop for Women, and for me, participating in it helped me get through one of the most difficult, wrenching periods of my life.

Dr. Doris Howell

Women's History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 24
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Doris A. Howell, M.D. is devoted to improving the lives of others, having practiced medicine for over 50 years. When first introduced to the hospice concept in 1968, Dr. Howell embraced this radical departure from the established way of dealing with the dying and their families. In 1977, Dr. Howell, along with a group of caring individuals, established San Diego Hospice, the first hospice program in the country. She has received numerous awards including a 2006 honor by the Moores UCSD Cancer Center for her pioneering work in hospice and palliative care nationally, and for inspiring a new consultation service called the Doris A. Howell Palliative Consultation Service.

Michelle Elise Houle

Women's History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 24
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Michelle Elise Houle began her career in education as a substitute teacher at the Lindsay Community School, for pregnant and parenting mothers. This special school allows these women to finish their high school education while receiving on-site childcare. Ms. Houle is credited with creating an Early Childhood Program that has enacted significant change for many young women fighting the cycle of poverty along with their children. Plus, with a degree in Creative Writing, Ms. Houle has published numerous books including a biography of Cesar Chavez. Ms. Houle has also been recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education and was named the 2010 Site Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Unified School District.

Barbara Bry

Women's History Month: 2011 Honoree

March 7
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Barbara Bry is responsible for the foundation of San Diego Athena, the leading organization for local women in the technology and life sciences fields. She also supports her community by contributing to organizations such as Voice of San Diego, CONNECT, Run Women Run, Planned Parenthood, San Diego’s Jewish Women’s and Community foundations, Rotary Club 33 and Women Give San Diego.

Kathi Anderson

Women's History Month: 2011 Honoree

March 7
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Combining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations and counseling, Kathi Anderson serves as the executive director and co-founder of Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). Ms. Anderson also contributes to the San Diego community as a board member of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the San Diego Young Artists Symphony and the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.

Shahri Estakhry

Women's History Month: 2010 Honoree

Feb. 28
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Shahri Estakhry is the founder of the Iranian School of San Diego, which works to assist Iranian-American youths to be proud of their heritage by educating them about Iranian culture and the Persian language.

Irma Cota

Women's History Month: 2010 Honoree

Jan. 29
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Irma Cota, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer of North County Health Services, a non-profit, community organization that operates 11 health clinics to serve northern San Diego County residents.