Inspiring Women To Visit LM Classrooms

by Natasha Scrivener, PTA

The Camarillo American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors.  They advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.   Every year, they create a fabulous program to promote remarkable women in history for the elementary and middle schools of Ventura County!  Next week, March 3 to 7, Women in History will be celebrated at La Mariposa!  Six parents from our school will be dressing up and portraying famous women in history to classes that sign-up for a presentation.  But don’t tell the students they are real parents, as we like to pretend we are the actual celebrity!

This year’s famous women presentations are:

imgresMary Pickersgill (K-2)

Mary sewed a 42-foot long American flag by hand! This flag flew over Ft. Henry and inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  Portrayed by Julie Yousefi.

imgresElma Gonzales (K-2)

Elma grew up in migrant family, worked in the fields as a child.  She couldn’t go to school because the bus wouldn’t pick her up. She became a professor at UCLA in science.  Portrayed by Martita Martinez.

imgresMarla Runyan (1-3)

Marla is a local hero raised in Camarillo who was the first legally blind athlete to compete in the International Olympics.  Portrayed by Jill Hodges.

imgresEugenie Clark (K-5)

Eugenie is a shark researcher and achieved her three dreams:  To walk on the ocean floor, swim with the sharks, and become a teacher!  Portrayed by Natasha Scrivener.

imgresSacagawea (3-5

Sacagawea accompanied Lewis and Clark on expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean.  Portrayed by Marla Pizzia.

imgresDeborah Samson (4-5)

Deborah disguised herself as a man and enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  Portrayed by  Margaret Kelly. 

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