Famous San Diego Women And How They Changed The World

The city of San Diego, California, is beautiful, but not just because of the sights and sounds that tantalize our senses. The people of San Diego help make the city the glorious place it is today, notably the remarkable women that changed the world.

Famous San Diego Women

The beautiful women of San Diego’s past and present continue to leave an imprint on the ever-changing world. So many women have left a mark on the city and the nation, so many, it’s almost impossible to mention them all. However, there are a few women who changed the world that stand out above the rest. With their origins from San Diego, California, these women are known for effecting change, not just in their local area but the world around them. Let’s look at the most famous San Diego women.

Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932)

Always a philanthropist at heart, Ellen held a strong belief in helping others, promoting their welfare. So when her family’s newspaper business became Scripp’s newspaper empire, she had the money to support local causes in San Diego. She also became one of the first women to attend and finish college, becoming a teacher. Soon afterward, she began her own column in the newspaper entitled “Matters and Things,” where she approached progressive issues like women’s suffrage and prohibition.

She was one of the few women to appear on the cover of Time Magazine and did so at 89 in 1926. So many institutions were named after Ellen Scripps including, Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. So many hospitals, churches, and schools received contributions from this famous historical woman.

Mabel Bell (1913-2007)

One of the beautiful women of San Diego was Mabel Bell, the first black woman to own property in La Jolla. What’s so impressive about this, you may ask? Well, La Jolla previously was the hardest place for black residents to own homes. You see, Bell was an activist who founded the organization SOFA (Strongly Oriented for Action). She even used an alleyway as a place to help sick people. The street attached to that alleyway was named after her, as Mabel Bell Lane.

Sally Ride (1951-2012)

The ride was the first American woman in space. She was also the youngest ever to leave earth. She flew twice, first in 1983, on the space shuttle, Challenger. She also worked at Stanford University and became a professor of Physics at UCSD.

Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly (1934-1969)

At the age of 14, Maureen picked up a tennis racket, and nothing was the same. She quickly beat all her opponents and became the youngest US girl’s champion. She wins at Wimbledon in 1952, 1953, and 1954. And she wins the Grand Slam at the young age of 19!

Jeri Dilno (1936-2007)

As the first female director of the Gay Center, San Diego native Jeri Dilno implemented a great change in the nation. She helped coordinate the Lesbian, and Gay March in San Diego became president of the Democratic club and the first female editor of Gay and Lesbian Times. Most notable, she served on the committee for the first march on Washington in 1979.

Herminia Acosta Enrique  (1919-2009)

Mature women are beautiful women who’ve preserved culture instead of destroyed the past. Herminia accomplished so much with the arts. In fact, she is a champion of the arts. She helped save the songs, stories, and traditions of Mexico, showcasing their honor in San Diego and worldwide.

She is best known for founding San Diego’s Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan in the year of 1967. She is also co-founder of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, which celebrates indigenous, Chicano, and Latino life and art. In addition, Herminia has lectured on culture and rituals throughout the entire country. You can find her in the San Diego Hall of Fame.

Susan Naruki (1957-

Naruki is a soprano with a grammy award under her belt. She’s a part musician and social activist, seen in her work that speaks of important topics such as trafficking, gun violence, and many other timely causes. She sings in several different languages including, Hungarian, Russian, and German, offering a window to the world concerning her progressive causes. Naruki has more than 50 albums that include many social and pollical struggles.

Joan Kroc (1928-2003)

Although Kroc was the widow of the founder of Mcdonald’s, she carved a name for herself as well. She used her fortune as one of the greatest philanthropists of the 20th century. Contrary to what others thought she should support, she chose to help dear causes. She gave huge amounts of money to places like the Salvation Army and National Public Radio. In total, all here contributions added to billions of dollars in support of great causes.

Women Who Changed The World

San Diego women changed the world as they changed their communities. When you do a good deed, you see it often dominos into other great and notable causes. Many women from San Diego left an impression on people worldwide. So, it’s safe to say that San Diego, California, had many great and intelligent women that changed the world for the better.

What can you do to change the world around you?