Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Celebrating Women of Distinction

Women's History Month LogoNominate a candidate for Women's History Month!Nomination Form

This year’s National Women’s History Month theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion."

The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

During 2024, we recognize the example of women who are committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity. They know that people change with the help of families, teachers and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.

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Distinguished Women Award

The Women’s History Month Committee seeks women from the El Camino College campus and community to honor at this year’s Distinguished Women's Event.

The committee welcomes nominations of all individuals from a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds, and from those who have a demonstrated history of contributing to the El Camino College and/or to the surrounding community.

Those honored will:

  • Have their portraits installed in the El Camino College Women’s Wall of Fame gallery located in the Schauerman Library
  • Have their names engraved on a perpetual plaque in the gallery
  • Receive a certificate of recognition during the Distinguished Women's Event


Please nominate a woman of distinction who has contributed to the El Camino College and/or larger campus community by completing the attached Nomination Form.

Friends, family, colleagues, or students may make nominations, or individuals may nominate themselves. Those nominated need only work at El Camino College or
reside or work in the communities within the El Camino College district: El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance. 

Nominees will be considered based on their contributions to women’s and girls’ causes or to service at the college or community level that supports this year’s National Women’s History Month theme: “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” 



Beatrice Brody

Nadine Hata

Lila Hummel

Geraldine Karpel

Anita Martinez

June Nelson

Janet Read

Nyoakee Salway

Mary Toth

Linda Wadleigh



Maria Brown

Jolene Combs

Jan Dennis

Pat Dreizler

Katy Geissert

Jane Hardester

Ola Huntley

Charlotte Lesser

Helen Rodgers

Janice Watanabe



Sister Michele Morris

Carol Georges

Helen Nakano

Elizabeth Williams

Bonnie Anderson

Sara Blake

Leslie Back

Elaine Moore

Virginia Pfiffner

Alice Grigsby



Dorothy Anderson

Linda Arroyo

Susan Dever

Judy Gibson

Judith Harris

Barbara Jaffe

Andrea Micallef

Gloria Miranda

Ann Phillips

Cora Travers



Judy Dishon

Gloria Dumais

Ellen Griffin

Judy Kasabian

Carolin Keith

Donna Manno

Terry Moore

Elizabeth Nash

Adrienne Sharp

Fumiko Hachiya



Lucinda Aborn

Edelma Campos

Dina Cramer

Peggy Castle Doherty

Peggy L. Halberg

Bozena Morton

Lynnda Nelson

Raquel Ortiz

Mercedes Thompson

Janet Young 



Catherine Bise

Wanda Brown

Diane Gross

Priscilla Ferguson

Lea Ann King

Sue Oda-Omori

Donna Richey

Stephanie Rodriguez

Megan Roi

Regina Smith



Ruth Banda-Ralph

Pamela Fees

Dawn Reid

Luukia Smith

Marcia Wade

Joyce E. Dorn

Jane Harman

Robin McGee

Jennifer Obidah

Shawna Thorup Wasserman



Alana Angel

Jeanne Bellemin

Patricia Feldman

Sharen Kokaska

Susan Meyer

Cynthia Mosqueda

Barbara Perez

Angela Simon

Julia Stewart

Bobbi Villalobos



Deborah Brusavich

Lily Craig

Mary Davis

Jill Evensizer

Shirley Giltzow

Barbara Grover

Elizabeth Shadish

Jean Shankweiler

Claudia Striepe

Katherine Townsend



Peggi Collins

Ann M. Garten

Wilma Hairston

Beverly A. Hutchinson

Darlene Love

Kathryn Romero

Tammie Scott



Regina (Bradford) Martin

Josie Cheung

Nancy Cobb

Jan Dennis

Diana Dunlap

Rebecca Foo

Katie Gleason

Amy Grant

Cheryl Kroll

Ethel Pattison



Portia Cohen

Lynn Fielding

Gloria Gray

Barbara Johnson

Teresa Matsushima

Susana Prieto

Virginia Rapp

Sandra Suarez

Nina Velasquez

Lynn Walker



Heidi Ann Ashcraft

Janice Ball

Arlene Bautista

Ora Bryant

Linda Mobley

Jeanie Nishime

Jane Smolens

Sue Ellen Warren



Antoinette Brown-Leon

Bonnie Coronado

Mattie Eskridge

Leslie Fletcher

Christina Gold

Heidi Maerker

Penny Rahmeyer

Lisa Raufman

Marna Smeltzer



Anita Avrick

Terry Castillo

Kristie Daniel-DiGregorio

Natalie Gouché

Dorothy Jeszenka

Rosalinda Martinez

Carol Raines-Brown

Lori Suekawa

Jacquie Thompson



Darlene Daniels

DeDe Hicks

Sandra Horwitz

Chris Jeffries

Teri Kuwahara

Amy LaCoe

Jean McMillan

Maureen Ann Reilly

Susan Stolovy

Debbie Turano



Alexis Estwick

Naomi McElvain

Teresa Palos

Ann Patterson

Chandra Shaw

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga



Anne-Marie Mowad

Soshanna Potter

Dottie Wine

Helen Young



Breeanna Bond

Beth Crosse

Brenda Magid

Dipte Patel



Sharonda Barksdale

Anna Brochet

Dorene Coles

Patricia Jackson-Kelly

PFLAG Manhattan Beach

Cresentina Killduff



No event



Darilyn Rowan (in memoriam)

Francesca Bishop

Griselda Castro

Horoko Eddow

Janet Carraman

Monisha Garner

Patty Gibson

Linda McLoughlin Figel

Rebecca Gloyer



Mele Makalo

Rachel Pittock

Argelia Andrade

Jackie LaBouff (in memoriam)

Candy Paula

Colonel Mia L. Walsh

Women's History Month Events

(All events are open to ECC students, staff, faculty)

Calendar of Events

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Rio Hondo

Fri, March 1

10:00 AM

ECC Sand Courts

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Ventura

Fri, March 1

12:00 PM

ECC Sand Courts

ECC Softball vs. Palomar

Tues, March 5


ECC Softball Field

Barbie Movie Night
Wear Pink! Come have some popcorn and enjoy this thoughtful movie in celebration of Women's HER-story Month!

Hosted by the GSA and Pride Center

Tues, March 5

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

International Women's Day Walk
Let's walk in unity and celebration of women every where!

Wear Purple, White or Green. Purple signifies justice and dignity, and being loyal to the cause. Green symbolizes hope. White symbolizes peace.

Thurs, March 7

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Meet at the Soccer Field Track

ECC Softball vs. LA Harbor

Fri, March 8


ECC Softball Field

ECC Softball vs. Compton

Tues, March 12

3:00 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Women's Tennis vs. Principia College

Tues, March 12


ECC Tennis Courts

WHM Yoga Session
Get Good with Your Inner Baddie

Let's take the time to breath, relax, and better understand our needs as people in this calming yoga session led by the amazingly talented Kandace Aragon (Black Student Success Center).

Bring your own mat (but we will have some available as well) for this special Women's History Month yoga, and get ready to tap into your Inner Baddie!

Weds, March 13

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

WHM Inspiring Speaker:  Nadia Calmet

Resilience and Cultural Resistance through the Arts: Afro-Peruvian Women and their Contribution to Artistic and Cultural Development

Thurs, March 14

9:45 AM - 11:10 AM

Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

ECC Women's Tennis vs. Victor Valley

Thurs, March 14

2:00 PM

ECC Tennis Courts

ECC Softball vs. Pasadena City

Thurs, March 14

3:00 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Women's Swim and Dive vs. Chaffey

Fri, March 15 

10:00 AM

ECC Aquatics Center

ECC Women's Swim and Dive vs. Long Beach

Fri, March 15

10:00 AM

ECC Aquatics Center

ECC Women's Badminton Game vs. Compton

Fri, March 15

2:00 PM

Manhattan Beach Badminton Club

ECC Softball vs. Moorpark

Sat, March 16

12:00 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Orange Coast

Sat, March 16

10:00 AM

ECC Sand Courts

Five Women Talking

Come listen to five of our standout faculty from the English and History Departments discuss their recent research and scholarly projects.

Featuring ECC professors: Chelsea Henson, Erica Brenes, Hong Herrera Thomas, Allison Carr, and Stephanie Merz.

Tues, March 19

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Reading & Writing Studio (Humm 122)

ECC Softball vs. Chaffey

Weds, March 20

3:00 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Softball vs. Mt. San Antonio

Fri, March 22

1:00 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Mt. San Antonio

Fri, March 22

10:00 AM

ECC Sand Courts

WHM Inspiring Speaker: Kellie Todd Griffin

Come and be inspired by guest speaker Kellie Todd Griffin of the California Black Women’s Collective (CABWC), a sisterhood of women from different professional backgrounds aiming to uplift and address the issues impacting Black women and girls in the state. They approach problem-solving with a range of expertise — from politics, business, and community advocacy to the arts, entertainment, social justice activism, and more.

Tues, March 26

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Black Student Success Center (Comm 110)

2024 Distinguished Women's Reception and Marketplace featuring local Women-Owned businesses

This year, we will be recognizing six Distinguished Women who were nominated by their community and selected by members of the  Women's History Month Committee.

  • Mele Makalo
  • Rachel Pittock
  • Argelia Andrade
  • Jackie LaBouff (in memoriam)
  • Candy Paula
  • Colonel Mia L. Walsh

Come celebrate these amazing women!

Light refreshments will be served.

Weds, March 27

1:00 - 3:00 PM

East Dining Room (above the bookstore)

ECC Softball vs. Palomar

Weds, March 27

2:30 PM

ECC Softball Field

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Desert

Fri, March 29

10:00 AM

ECC Sand Courts

ECC Women's Beach Volleyball vs. Long Beach

Fri, March 29

12:00 PM

ECC Sand Courts

ECC Women's Track & Field (Dave Shannon Invitational)

Sat, March 30


ECC Track 


Zoom Backgrounds

Celebrate with these Zoom virtual backgrounds (click to open, right-click the image and save to your computer).

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If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, email mxdelgado@elcamino.edu as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event.