PALMDALE – More than 100 local women from various backgrounds and paths of life came together recently for the inaugural Women’s History Luncheon.
The event, aimed at developing a network of positive-thinking women in the Antelope Valley, was held March 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palmdale.
“In light of all the things happening daily in the community, it was time that we worked on empowering women of our community,” said organizer Simone Zulu. “I truly believe that in order to change a society and have a long lasting change, we must educate its women.”
Highlights of the Women’s History Luncheon included motivational speeches by community activist Veronica Fields, Pukuu Cultural Community Services President Sylvia Mendivil Salazar, and others; a fashion show featuring three local designers; and an inspirational song by local vocalist Kendra James.
“There were 116 women and 10 young ladies [in attendance],” Zulu said. “We had nurses, teachers, doctors and business owners; and we had our own Assemblyman Steve Fox honor five very special ladies.”
Waunette Cullors, Sharon Vega, Habiba Salifu, Fatoumata Diallo, and Zulu were awarded by Assemblyman Fox for going above and beyond in their community as leaders, and for being extraordinary women of character, courage and commitment.
“I was surprised by [the award] because what I do I just do for my love of youth in the community and wanting to make a difference,” said Cullors, Director of the Miss Black AV and Miss AV Latina pageants. “The event was really nice, a room filled with women that were happy and joyous, and we networked and laughed. It was nice to celebrate with the other accomplished women in the room,” Cullors continued.
All attendees received certificates for making a difference in the Antelope Valley. Attendees were also gifted with wonderful prizes to take home, Zulu said.
The luncheon was hosted by the High Desert Service Center Council and sponsored by the California Teachers Association. The inaugural event was deemed a success, Zulu said, and organizers are already planning for next year.
“This is very important for all women,” Zulu said. “As women we can get together for a common cause –womanhood. With that, we can put aside race, financial status, or educational background and come together in a positive atmosphere to be one with other women.”
To be added to the mailing list for next year’s Women’s History Luncheon, contact Simone Zulu at 661-492-5944.