"I thought that this year was the best so far, and I have been coming for at least ten years, or maybe longer. Everything was very well organized. The food was excellent. The speech was excellent and timely. My friends who came with me also enjoyed the event immensely. Keep doing what all of you on the committee are doing!"
 
Yvonne Clinton
Davis

 
"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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Women’s History Month?
Women's History Month began in Sonoma County in 1978. It quickly spread to thousands of communities around the country.

Women's contributions to our world, our nation, our state and our local community are celebrated during Women's History Month. In every sphere of life, women play crucial economic, cultural and social roles.

By joining together, we recognize the contributions of women throughout Yolo County and rededicate ourselves to creating the best possible future for all people.

Why have a luncheon?
In 1980, a group of women noted that women were absent from our texts. Less than 3% of the content was devoted to the accomplishments of women. Girls had few role models. Girls, boys, and many adults assumed women did nothing important, and this perception needed to be addressed. This group of concerned women convinced Congress and the White House of the need for our nation to celebrate and recognize women’s role in history on an annual basis. As a result of their efforts, the week of March 8th (International Women’s Day) was officially designated as National Women’s History Week.

Former Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson organized the very first Yolo County Women’s History Month Luncheon in April 1987 at the Carousel Restaurant in Woodland. The luncheon theme was “Generations of Courage, Compassion and Conviction.” About 40 people attended, including then-Davis Board of Education Trustee Janice Bridge and then-Yolo County Supervisor Betsy Marchand. It was decided at that luncheon that the experience should be repeated in March 1988, and the tradition has continued every year since.

The luncheon has grown considerably over the years, with between 250 and 300 people from throughout Yolo County and the surrounding communities attending and coming together to show their support.

The success of the luncheon has exceeded expectations, and planning this annual event provides an incredible sense of pride and joy to the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee.

Who benefits from donations to Yolo County’s WHM?
Yolo County public libraries and Woodland Public Library receive funds to purchase women’s history materials.

How can I make luncheon reservations?

With regret, the WHM luncheon scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, was cancelled due to precautions concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For 2022, YCWHM is hosting an open house free event on Saturday, March 26, 10 am to 2pm.  Please make advanced reservations online here.

How much does a sponsorship cost?

$500, $250, $125, or $75

Please click here for more information on sponsorships.

How can I help?
YCWHM is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to join the luncheon planning committee or help on the day of the luncheon, please contact Dotty Pritchard by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">email or phone at (530)666-8230.

Tax-deductible donations are accepted year round. You can donate online or send a check to Women’s History Month, P.O. Box 711, Woodland, CA 95776.

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