"Every year we get to celebrate the women of Yolo County and their numerous achievements.  I love attending these luncheons to hear about the women who are making positive change in our county and who continue to be role models for all of us."
Lana Paulhamus
West Sacramento
"I have attended the luncheons for several years. My mother, though she did not have the opportunity to attend college, was an independent woman who was very interested in the history and culture of her family and her community. It is encouraging to see that spirit continue, not only in the women of my family, but also in our Yolo County community."
Jim Brewer
West Sacramento


Nonprofit Status

Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt California non-profit corporation. Contributions to YCWHM qualify as tax-deductible for donors.

About Us


In the fall of 1986, Congress acted with full bipartisan support to proclaim the month of March as Women's History Month. A Yolo County Women's History Month planning committee was already in place and ready for action. The Yolo County Arts Council sponsored a quilt show on all three floors of the county administration building, complete with opening and closing receptions. Each Tuesday in March of 1987, activities were conducted to promote knowledge of women's history — a readers' theatre, a women's choral group, a docent-led tour of the quilt show and quilt demonstrations.

Former Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson organized the very first Yolo County Women's History Month luncheon, held in April 1987 at the Carousel Restaurant in Woodland, a gathering to celebrate all the work and success of the planning committee. About forty people attended, including then-Davis Board of Education Trustee Janice Bridge and then-Yolo County Supervisor Betsy Marchand. It was decided at the luncheon that the experience should be repeated in March 1988. The Women's History Month luncheon is the last vestige of the original planning process and has grown marvelously due to the dedication of many community volunteers including BJ Ford, who was the Yolo County Women's History Month Planning Committee Chairwoman from 1995-2009, and Carol Barnett, who joined as a volunteer in 1997 and has served as Treasurer since 2002.


Contact Us

Board of Directors:
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Secretary: Iulia Bodeanu
Media Contact:
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Carol Barnett
Jenni Jacobs Garcia
Heather Lanctot
Kate Mawdsley
David Moreno
Catherine Portman

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