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Let Us Now Praise USC Women

Lauren Madow |
March 8, 2013 | 11:01 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

("We are the ones to give birth/ To the new generation of prophets because it's Ladies First!"-Queen Latifah)

What is International Women's Day?

It's "a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future," according to internationalwomensday.com.

In this spirit, let's review some recent achievements of women in the USC community.


Winer graduated in '66 and quickly became part of an influential group of women in the Southern California art world, curating exhibitions which featured burgeoning art stars like William Wegman and John Baldessari. Her contributions were acknowledged at the recent show "It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973."


Sanders-Holly runs Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy in Norco, CA., a clinic where children with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and other challenges ride horses to help improve their sense of balance. Sanders-Holly, class of '06, also teaches at USC.


Rebecca Soni '09 (Marissa Nolan via Wikimedia Commons)
Rebecca Soni '09 (Marissa Nolan via Wikimedia Commons)

Soni, class of '09, is a six-time Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, including two gold medals and one silver medal at the 2012 Games in London. Swimming World Magazine named her World Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.


Knatz, who earned her M.S. in environmental engineering in '77 and her Ph.D in biological science in '79, became the first woman to hold the title of executive director of the Port of Los Angeles in 2006. She has been instrumental in creating green policy initiatives in California.


Daniels, class of '77, is the founding chair of the new L.A. Food Policy Council and Mayor Villaraigosa's senior advisor on food policy. This work entails increasing L.A. residents' access to healthy food.


Marsh is a cinematographer who shot "20 Feet From Stardom," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts in 2006 and works on several reality TV shows.

To read Melinda Gates' piece on why we celebrate International Women's Day, go here.

For a look at International Women's Day and the history of women's labor, go here.

To hear Rush Limbaugh weigh in on International Women's Day, go here.

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