The Daily Transcript recognizes local women of influence and inspiration in honor of Women’s History Month.

  • Festa Della Donna at CUCINA urbana

    On March 8, 2013, we're saluting solidarity sisters. With political roots dating back to women’s liberation in Italy in the 19th century, Festa Della Donna is a movement celebrating all things female.

  • 12th annual Women's Hall of Fame

    On March 16, 2013, hundreds of guests will gather at the University of California, San Diego’s Price Center East Ballroom to honor and acknowledge the community work of five San Diego women.

  • More women executives, but still few CEOs

    A seasoned executive with a long history in startup companies recently mentored a female executive through Athena San Diego, the networking/mentoring organization for female executives.

  • Chair of port commissioners envisions 'A Port for All'

    When land-use attorney Ann Moore was sworn in as 2013 chair of the Unified Port of San Diego’s board of port commissioners, she was tasked with conveying a theme for her yearlong post. How would she like the port commissioners, the port’s member cities and its various stakeholders to work together in the coming year?

  • USS Sampson’s future commanding officer's routine anything but typical

    Commander Teresa Elders says she’s like the No. 2 person on the starship USS Enterprise on "Star Trek." Her warship -- the five-year-old USS Sampson -- is actually stationed at Naval Base San Diego, not in space.

  • News anchor, women's health advocate, mother

    Barbara-Lee Edwards exudes happiness. Who can blame her? After all, the KFMB-TV news anchor has her dream job, works with people she really likes, and lives with her husband and two children in a city her heart has desired since she first visited here as a child.

  • Mediator wants to be known for work, not gender

    Denise Asher knows a thing or two about conflict resolution.

  • Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to end gender gap

    Legislators are taking another crack at ending gender wage discrimination with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

  • Ellen C. Revelle made a better San Diego for all

    Ellen Virginia Clark Revelle was a dedicated San Diegan who, until her death in May 2009, used her considerable resources of mind, wit and fortune to make San Diego a better place for all.

  • Daimler picks former Avon CEO for board

    Daimler AG, the world’s third-biggest maker of luxury cars, nominated former Avon Products Inc. (NYSE: AVP) Chief Executive Officer Andrea Jung to the supervisory board in an effort to increase female representation.

  • 'Makers' shows women's place is in US history

    LOS ANGELES -- The fight for women's equality first had to argue that it was a fight worth having.

  • Wal-Mart sued for gender discrimination

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), the world’s largest retailer, was sued by five Wisconsin women who claim the company denied them and other female employees equal pay and equal opportunities.

  • Women trail in US employment gains as governments cut jobs

    After eight years as a guidance counselor at Scotts Valley High School and more than 14 years with the district in Santa Cruz County, Calif., Kimberly Frey says she lost her job in June as part of budget cuts.

  • Par Electric's Adams serving as first female NECA board member in a decade

    It's been quite a while since a woman last held a seat on the board of directors at the National Electrical Contractors Association -- 10 years, to be precise, since Diane Keltner of Santee’s Synergy Electric Co. did.

  • Youngest American woman billionaire unwrapped with In-N-Out

    Lunchtime at the flagship In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Baldwin Park, Calif., is a study in efficiency. As the order line swells, smiling workers swoop in to operate empty cash registers. Another staffer cleans tables, asking customers if they’re enjoying their hamburger. Outside, a woman armed with a hand-held ordering machine speeds up the drive-through line.

  • Four decades ago, a coup for women’s rights at the Grant Grill

    The Grant Grill in downtown San Diego’s US Grant hotel has long been a place where powerbrokers lunched. In the 1950s and the 1960s, the dark mahogany booths were the conclaves of politicians, lawyers, bankers and journalists. Anyone with a craving for conversation or mock turtle soup could partake.


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  • Melania Mirzakhanian, Tomea Inc.

    While some attorneys are always on the lookout for that next big case or client, Melania Mirzakhanian prefers working with the new guys on the block.

  • Magda Marquet, Althea Technologies

    What are the odds that an immigrant from Andorra, coming to America without knowing a single person, would be a recognized and successful biotech entrepreneur in one of the top three-largest life science clusters in the United States?

  • Linda Stirling, Folsom Stirling Sweeney Group/RBC Wealth Management

    As a single mom caring for two teenage boys, Linda Stirling's career in finance began out of necessity. "But it grew to fit like a well-tailored suit," she said.

  • Marie Landers, Laura Stansberry & Kim Young; Wells Fargo

    In 1902, Maggie L. Walker became the first woman bank president and the first woman to charter a bank in the United States. But, despite that breakthrough, the banking and financial services industries were for many years male-dominated bastions. But times have changed for the better and many highly talented women have ascended to senior executive positions with some of the world's largest financial institutions.

  • Karen Dow, Sughrue Mion PLLC

    Even though Karen Dow is one of the country's leading biotech patent attorneys, she didn't like lab work that much in college.

  • Karie Boyd, Boyd Contreras APC

    It didn't take long for Karie Boyd to decide to become an attorney. Her mother was a legal secretary for a prominent international law firm, and her father was a police officer.

  • Kara Jensen, Bop Design

    Kara Jensen didn't have to look far to find a role model for her career.

  • Jane Braun, Manning Wealth Management

    When Certified Financial Planner Jane Braun says she treats her clients like family, she really means it. One of 10 siblings and the single mother of five children, Braun has always felt a calling to help people she cares about build secure financial futures.

  • Jan Carradine, Baker Electric

    From a young age, Jan Carradine got a charge out of all things electrical. It ran in her family.

  • Dolores Contreras, Boyd Contreras APC

    Dolores Contreras grew up at the northern border of San Diego County, but the inspiration for her career came from just over its southern border: her mother.

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