Celebrating Women: Past, Present & Future

Cut Out Flower

March 28th, 2024

5:30-8:00 pm

Santa Cruz MAH


Yellow Foliage Illustration
Cut Out Leaf

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month by paying tribute to the stories of remarkable women who have left an indelible mark on our community and beyond.

Event Features

Left Arrow Button Icon

Guided game play

Playful Patterned Paint Palette

Hands-on activities

Fairy Tale Icon


Hand Drawn Megaphone Illustration

Guest speakers

Women-focused organizations

Meet the Speakers

We’ll be hearing from three influential local women, each representing a different era in Santa Cruz's history - the past, the present, and the future - showcasing the enduring and evolving impact of female leadership and vision in shaping our community.

Rebecca Hernandez

Community Archivist


Farnaz Fatemi

Poet Laureate

Santa Cruz County

Lucia Nakashima

High School Junior

Kirby School

About the Game

HERstory is a captivating board game that celebrates women's contributions across history. Players explore impactful stories from various fields, uncovering inspiring achievements of women. It's a perfect blend of education and entertainment, suitable for all ages, promoting discussions on gender equality and historical recognition.

Games will be available for playing at the event.

Lineless Artisanal Sparkle


Lineless Artisanal Sparkle

Local Organizations

Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Serving Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, and surrounding areas, the Santa Cruz Public Library System operates ten branches, a bookmobile, and outreach services. From La Selva Beach to Boulder Creek, the library is dedicated to providing accessible resources and services for children, seniors, and the entire community.

Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center

A 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County for over 90 years. Walnut Avenue provides comprehensive services including early education, youth programs, domestic violence support, family assistance, and community engagement, with a focus on under-served populations.

Downtown Association of Santa Cruz

The mission of the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz is to provide effective leadership in order to create, promote and sustain downtown as a unique and economically viable business, entertainment, social and cultural center.

Black Girls Surf

A transformative 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Black Girls Surf is dedicated to empowering and developing the talents of Black girls aspiring to become professional surfers. Through surf camps and mentorship, they're not only changing the waves but also the visual representation in the surfing world.

Cradle To Career

A family advocacy organization and community connector, Cradle to Career empowers families, delivers resources, and advocates for equitable support systems to ensure all Santa Cruz County children thrive in education, health, and character.

The Diversity Center

Founded in 1989, The Diversity Center is a cornerstone for the LGBTQ+ community in Santa Cruz, offering essential services, events, and safe spaces to foster well-being and collaboration. Their vision is a diverse, intergenerational LGBTQ+ community that thrives in safety and security, both individually and collectively.

Monarch Services

Since 1977, Monarch Services has provided vital support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, serving around 1,500 individuals annually. A pioneer in the field, they offer bilingual and culturally sensitive crisis intervention and prevention services, with a focus on reaching underserved Latino communities.

Santa Cruz Women in Business & Networking

A supportive space for women to network, share ideas, seek advice, and explore opportunities. This group fosters an open, judgment-free environment where members can discuss a range of topics, from job searches to housing and ride-sharing.

We want your stories, too.

Share your story.

We are gathering stories from our Santa Cruz community about the remarkable women who have made a lasting impact on our lives. Whether it's a family member, a teacher, a colleague, or a public figure, we want to hear about the women who have inspired you, shaped your journey, or contributed significantly to our community.

How to participate:

  • Submit Your Story: Use Padlet to easily submit your story. It can be a written anecdote, a video tribute, an audio recording, or a photo – whatever best captures the essence of her influence on your life. (Tutorial Video: How to get Started with Padlet)

  • Be a Part of Our Collective History: Your submissions will create a tapestry of stories that not only celebrate individual women but also underscore the collective strength and diversity of female influence in Santa Cruz.

  • Connect and Reflect: This is a unique opportunity to reflect on the personal stories of resilience, courage, innovation, and compassion that surround us. Join us in this community-wide celebration of the women who shape our lives.

Start sharing:

Click below to submit your story through Padlet. Let’s come together to narrate the powerful, moving stories of the women in our lives. Your submissions are not just stories; they are the threads that weave the fabric of our community's rich history.

Click Here Element 2

Not sure how to use Padlet? No problem!

You can also submit your story directly to us by reaching out to Stephanie Sumarna, EdTech & Innovation ToSA at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education via email (ssumarna@santacruzcoe.org) or phone (831-466-5810.

See you there.


Contact Stephanie Sumarna, EdTech & Innovation ToSA at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education at ssumarna@santacruzcoe.org.