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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sacagawea accompanied Lewis and Clark on expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. Portrayed by Marla Pizzia.
Deborah disguised herself as a man and enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Portrayed by Margaret Kelly.