The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D), who noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, Women's History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. The women were to be recognized as Woman of the Year in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. This yearly event, sponsored and organized by the Women's Caucus, is greatly anticipated by all Legislators today.
Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman with her Woman of the Year from
Assembly District 13, Kathy Takahashi.
Senate District 20 Woman of the Year Honoree, Karen DiCarlo, on the Senate Floor with Senator Connie Leyva, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins and Republican Leader, Senator Pat Bates
For a list of honorees from the Senate, please click here.
For a list of honorees from the Assembly, please click here.