SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Five women will be celebrated for their contributions to San Diego as this year's inductees into the county Women's Hall of Fame.
Coinciding with the start of Women's History Month, Lilia Garcia, Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax, Colleen O'Harra, Bridgit Wilson, and Dorothy Smith will be inducted during a ceremony on March 3 at the Jacob's Center.
Nominated by the community, the five women were chosen to "represent and reflect the full depth of the diversity of San Diego County."
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Here's a look at each inductee from the Women's Hall of Fame:
Lilia Garcia: Garcia is currently the San Diego County Deputy District Attorney and co-founder of the group "Latinas in the Law." She has advanced causes of equality, justice, and empowerment on both sides of the border, serving on boards and committees in the U.S. aimed at advancing equlity and helping Mexico's legal system transition to oral advocacy.
Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax: Sax is a survivor of three Nazi concentration camps and dedicated her life to speaking about her experiences and reminding everyone that hate is never the answer. Her life was chronicled in a biography by her daughter, Sandra Scheller, and won the Multicultural Motion Pictures Award for best documentary. Scheller will accept the award posthumously for her mother.
Colleen O'Harra: O'Harra is the founding Executive Director of the Oceanside Women's Resource Center and has served the city for eight years as an Oceanside City Council members and two years as Deputy Mayor.
Bridgit Wilson: Wilson is a veteran who has advocated for LGBT active duty and military veterans, working to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and helping craft the Obama Administration's policy allowing transgender individuals to serve openly.
Dorothy Smith: Smith served on the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education and was the first African American woman elected to public office in the county. She helped establish educational policiees and programs to promote equity and has continued to play an active role in community organizations.