Assemblymember Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has announced Gracia Molina de Pick as her selection for the District 76 Woman of the Year.
The annual "Woman of the Year" event was scheduled for Mon., March 12 in Sacramento. Honorees attended a breakfast reception hosted by Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and were recognized on the floor of the State Assembly. Honorees and their families also participated in VIP tours of the Capitol.
"I am so proud to be able to recognize the life and work of Gracia Molina de Pick," Kehoe said. "She has worked behind the scenes for so many years, and had dedicated her life to the pursuit of equality for all people. This is a well-deserved honor."
A native of Mexico, Molina de Pick has lived in San Diego for the past 43 years. She began her activism as a teenager in Mexico, where she fought to secure the right to vote for women. In the late 1950s, Molina de Pick took part in the Minority Issues Conference, the first successful effort to begin the grassroots integration of minorities into the State Democratic Party. She worked on the campaign of Henry B. Gon-zalez, the first Mexican-American elected to Congress from Texas. As a lecturer at UCSD and instructor at Mesa College, she was a founder of the first Chicano/a Studies and MEChA activist groups.
Molina de Pick currently serves as Western Regional chair of the Veteran Feminists of America and on the boards of the Citizens and Immigrants for Equal Justice, the California Women's Agenda, the Women's Intercultural Network and the United Nations Association of San Diego. She also volunteers at a local hospital and serves meals to homeless individuals on a weekly basis.
Molina de Pick earned her bachelor's degree from the Feminist University of Mexico City, her master's degree from San Diego State University, and undertook doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of San Diego. Married to Richard Pick for 45 years, she is also the mother of three children.