5 Women Making a Difference in San Diego

Every year five women are inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Meet the five inductees who are working tirelessly to improve the lives of women and bring about positive changes in their communities.

Evonne Seron Schulze, Activist – A founding member of the San Diego chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Schulze, has been organizing and inspiring San Diegans to work for the betterment of communities, schools, and government.

Sally Wong-Avery, Bridgebuilder – For over 30 years Wong-Avery has dedicated herself to assisting the Chinese community in San Diego. She established a service to teach English to seniors, new immigrants and limited English speaking residents. She also founded the non-profit organization, Chinese Service Center in 2003, in order to preserve, and educate the public, concerning Chinese history and culture.

Elizabeth Lou, Empowerer– After resettling in San Diego in 1999, Lou has educated and supported refugee women by founding the Nile Sisters Development Initiative which helps women and families achieve social and economic self-reliance. Among her many recognitions, she has been awarded President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Award, the United Nations’ Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the Congressional Award for Advancing the Status of Women and Children.

Christine Keho, Trailblazer – A pioneer activist, Keho, was chair of the campaign to defeat the Lyndon LaRouche AIDS discrimination initiative in 1980 and was the first Lesbian to openly run for office in San Diego. In the California State Assembly she was the second women ever to be elected Assembly Speaker pro Tempore and was the first member to chair the Legislature’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender caucus.

Maria Garcia, Historian – Garcia’s series ““The History of Neighborhood House in Logan Heights” is a collection and preservation of ordinary people and their stories in the predominately Mexican American, working-class community of Logan Heights. A retired elementary school principal and an historian, Garcia’s Neighborhood House series began with interviews that she completed in the early 1970s.



Thank you ladies, for all your amazing work and congratulations on being inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame.


The 15th annual induction ceremony will be held March 6, 2016. The Women’s Hall of Fame is a collaboration among the Women’s Museum of California, the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, The Women’s Center at UC San Diego, and the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. The ongoing goal of the Women’s Hall of Fame is to recognize and celebrate women’s authentic contributions.

To find out more information about the Hall of Fame and reserve your table for the ceremony go to the Hall of Fame website. 


Melissa Jones, Social Media Coordinator
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