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President Honored for 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling'

Eleven Women Cited by the California Legislative Women's Caucus in Sacramento

March 5, 2013

Her 2007 appointment as president of California State University, Dominguez Hills sent another crack through higher education's glass ceiling, as Mildred García became the first Latina chief executive in the nation’s largest system of senior higher education.

Today, as president of California State University, Fullerton, that achievement, among others, led to her being named one of 11 women honored by the California Legislative Women's Caucus at the first "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" awards ceremony, held in Sacramento Monday, March 4.

"Today we're celebrating pioneers in science, civil rights, the arts, education, our armed forces, our courts and our government," said California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the California Legislative Women's Caucus," said García. "To be included among these notable women is truly overwhelming. I think we all owe a debt to the strong, dynamic women in our lives who served as role models for us, and if we can inspire others to a life of service, then we know that our work and spirit will continue in generations to come."

The women were honored at the state Assembly's celebration of Women's History Month during the floor session.

Others honored included: Frances Arnold, co-founder of Gevo Inc.; Yvonne B. Burke, former assemblywoman and the first African-American woman from California to be elected to the U.S. Congress; Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers Union; Weili Dai, co-founder of the Marvell Technology Group; and Marie Zoe Dunning, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and one of the first military members to be prosecuted under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Also Sally J. Rogers, professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis MIND Institute; Jennifer Harris Trosper, a member of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission team; Rosalind "Roz" Wyman, former member of the Los Angeles City Council and champion of the National Endowment for the Arts; Kathryn Doi Todd, associate justice and the nation's first Asian-American woman judge; and Geena Davis, chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Academy Award winner and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

The awards were developed to celebrate the success of California women in breaking barriers in the fields of science, technology, the arts, the judiciary, education and more. 

By: Valerie Orleans, 657-278-4540

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