*Disclaimer: Throughout the history of the Role of Women in Society course, the women contained on this page have taken the time to meet with students, either in person or via Skype. Their presence on this page does not constitute an endorsement of the program, and should not be inferred as such. Thank you.
Dee Dee Myers was the first female White House Press Secretary. Upon reading her book, Why Women Should Rule the World, I was inspired to contact Ms. Myers to speak with my students. She invited us into her office in DC and was the first woman of stature to show she believed in the students of the Central Valley. Her "yes" motivated me to reach out to the other women you see on this page.
Veronika Scott was kind enough to respond to a student request for an interview. While her time was limited to a 30 minute interview with the students, she was so impressed by the quality of the questions, she extended it by another 15 minutes. Additionally, she has agreed to speak to future classes.
Natalie Randolph is truly in a league of her own. As the first female high school football coach in the nation, she did an incredible job of highlighting that anyone can pursue their passion: gender is not a limiting factor. Dinner with Natalie and women's studies students also saw the arrival of several of her players who shared insights and experiences of having her as a coach.
Amy Trask was the CEO of the Raiders at the time of the students' interviewing of her. She made it clear that it was her hard work and determination that earned her respect in the male dominated world of the NFL. She openly discussed the effective means of overcoming challenges and not simply attributing obstacles as being connected to gender.
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard was in the midst of speaking and debating a bill on the floor of the House. Yet, she made time to meet with us in her personal officer. She was kind, outgoing and personable. Even as her aides continuously reminded her of her need to be on the floor, she took time for some additional discussion and a group photo.