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Women's History Month: Los Angeles

2014 Women's History Month Heroes - KCET

Congratulations to our 2014 Local Heroes of the Year:

      Ann Reiss Lane
      Founder and Chair Emeritus
      Women Against Gun Violence

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Ann Reiss Lane, founder and chair emerita of Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV), an organization whose mission is to help reduce the gun homicide rate by not only empowering women as agents of social change, but by also supporting the family and friends of those affected. WAGV has seen the gun homicide rate in Los Angeles drop from more than 1,000 in 1993 to fewer than 300 in 2013. Ms. Reiss has a long career of public service, including 20 years as a member of former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration, 13 of which she served on the Board of Fire Commissioners. She is a member of the Advisory Board of L.A.’s BEST, Governing Board member of Community Partners, and chair emerita of Shelter Partnership.

      Leslye Borden
      Handmade Especially for You

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Leslye Borden, founder of Handmade Especially for You, an organization that provides handmade “comfort” scarves to women who have suffered abuse. Ms. Borden manages a worldwide network of more than 600 volunteers, which coordinates the production, collection and distribution of the scarves . In addition to her work with the organization, she visits churches, retirement homes and senior centers to share yarn kits, enlist volunteers and provide scarf patterns for those who wish to work on their own. To date, more than 57,000 comfort scarves have been delivered to shelters and centers throughout Los Angeles County.

View KCET Womens' History Month Honorees for 2013


Women’s History Month: San Diego

2014 Women's History Month Heroes - KPBS

Congratulations to our 2014 Local Heroes of the Year: 

      M. Eloise Battle
      Tecolote Cayon Citizens Advisory Committee 

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For over 40 years, M. Eloise Battle has devoted her time and passion to advocating for open space and parks in San Diego. She was instrumental in establishing Tecolote Canyon Park Assessment and served as Chair of Tecolote Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee (TCCAC.) In 1994 a Nature Center at the entrance to the canyon was completed. As part of a unique partnership with Kumeyaay descendants, she helped launch environmental programs available through the Nature Center. Ms. Battle chaired the Nature Center yearly event, Baskets and Botany, which celebrates the environmental and Kumeyaay connection in Tecolote Canyon. Though she resigned as chair of TCCAC in 2012, her passion for conservation, preservation and restoration continues today through her involvement in educational programs for school children. Because of her work and dedication people of all ages from this community and worldwide have been able to visit Tecolote Canyon and learn about nature. As a result of her ongoing efforts - Ms. Battle was the 2008 recipient of the Norma J. Sullivan Conservation Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Audubon Society. In 2012 a classroom at the Nature Center was dedicated in her honor.

      Vickie E. Turner
      Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP. 

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Vickie E. Turner is a partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP. Ms. Turner has participated in multiple forums, workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics, including, Effectively Developing and Managing Successful Business Relationships and Diversity in the Courtroom. She has also been named as one of Top 25 Outstanding Lawyers by the Daily Journal’s California Law Business. In 2010 she was instrumental in establishing a joint task force between Earl B Gilliam Bar Association, University of San Diego and Cal Western to increase the number of women and African American students pursuing law degrees. Throughout her career, Ms. Turner has received numerous awards and honors, including Women Who Mean Business award from the San Diego Business Journal, the Frederick Douglass Community Service Award by the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Women of Distinction award from Women’s Inc., Outstanding Trial Lawyer award from the San Diego Trial Lawyer Association, Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession award presented by the San Diego County Bar Association, Phenomenal Woman award presented by San Diego County Ethnic Minority Bar Association. She also was selected as one of California's Top Women Litigators in 2005 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

View KPBS Womens' History Month Honorees for 2013

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