Berenecea Johnson Eanes: Women’s history: A lasting legacy

Elouise Cobell, Ellen DeGeneres, Melinda Gates, Margaret H. Hamilton, Grace Hopper, Maya Lin, Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson are forever linked after President Barack Obama honored each with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. All eight of these women authored their own stories by remaining true to themselves, offering profound inspiration in the process.

As we cap off Women’s History Month, I want to highlight these women and so many more for making the world a better place. Similarly, I find it important to celebrate our own women students in the Cal State Fullerton community and throughout the region who are forging their own paths toward personal, academic and professional success.

An Indiana native, I was fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who served as examples of how to build community and become persons who strive to actualize their potential. I am sure many of you can relate in some fashion to a person within your inner circle. Everyone needs examples of success and community to support personal ambitions.

This is precisely what we aim to preserve and further advance at CSUF. We continually strive to support the success of all students, resulting in a collection of proud alumni who become part of an ever-growing network. Within this expansive population, we have countless women-identified faculty, staff, student employees and students who are the catalysts of our cause. Not to mention, CSUF has a woman leader in President Mildred García, who has and continues to positively transform our institution.

During Women’s History Month, our WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Center has partnered with many parties, offering programming that promotes self-growth and advancement. Program titles that offer insight on what CSUF offered all month include: “International Women’s Day: Be Bold for Change,” “Women in STEM” and President’s Reception: “Honoring Trailblazing Women.” Not to be overlooked are the countless events that explore…

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