This Women's History month, we celebrate the historical contributions of the many women who have boldly shaped our community and our region.
Women have played and continue to play critical roles in every sphere of life throughout our nation's history. However, their stories are often overlooked and undervalued. Honoring their stories and accomplishments is essential, and that is why the District's Board of Directors opened its March meeting commemorating Women's History Month and women's vital role locally and regionally.
As I look back on my career, I see clearly the influence of women. When I was young, my mother encouraged me to enter into public service, and my childhood friend's mother, Teena Clifton, showed me how through her career as a civic activist who was one of the first female city managers in California. Below, I spotlight four women who have had a lasting impact on our community and our region’s quest for a reliable water supply.
This short list only scratches the surface of women who have had an impact on Orange County. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with each. Their encouragement and leadership have had a profound effect on me. Clifton, Wieder, and Bergeson in particular encouraged me early in my career. They gave me confidence by showing me how they got things done. I learned a lot from them.
Women have contributed to the growth, strength, and resiliency of our community and our region in countless recorded and unrecorded ways. At Santa Margarita Water District, we acknowledge their contributions and understand that much of what we have accomplished would not have been possible without them. It is a privilege to honor women’s role in shaping our community this Women’s History Month.