California women leaders champion Commission at Orange County event

An event held on February 22nd to support the California Commission on the Status of Women was spectacular! There was a tremendous show of support by a wonderful group of women and men who joined us at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach for a very memorable evening.

We were thrilled to hear from a distinguished group of women who spoke in support of the important work of the Commission. The star-studded lineup included:

  • Academy Award Winning Actress, Advocate and Commissioner Geena Davis
  • Secretary of State Debra Bowen
  • Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett
  • Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
  • Patty Bellasalma, President of CA NOW
  • Maggie Forster Schmitz, President, US National Committee on UN Women
  • Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
  • Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner
  • Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Beth Krom

Wow! What an impressive group of accomplished women!!

We thank California NOW for hosting this event. And our thanks to all the event sponsors including U.S. National Committee for UN Women, American Association of University Women (CA), National Women’s History Project and the Women's Foundation of California.

Don't worry, it's not too late to show your support! Make a tax-deductible donation today. To make a donation, contact Melahat at 949.350.7733 or visit