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US Representative Maxine Waters Named “Phenomenal Woman” By Cal State University Northridge for Her Work to Improve Local Communities

July 15, 2009
Press Release

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35) was named a recipient of the Cal State Northridge (CSUN) "Phenomenal Woman" award for 2006.  The awards ceremony, which took place Saturday, October 7, 2006, honors California women who embody "Feminism in action" by helping to build a more just and equitable society, the award was established by the CSUN Women's Studies Department, and this is the seventh year the award has been presented to women who have made outstanding contributions to California communities.

"This award speaks to the infinite power women can achieve when we work together and support one another," said Rep. Waters.  "I dedicate this award to all of the women who kicked open doors before me, to all of the women who are kicking doors open for future generations, and to all of the women who will continue kicking open doors until there are no longer any barriers standing between women and total equality."

In addition to Rep. Waters, the other women who received the "Phenomenal Woman" award this year were Tina Allen, a visual artist; Elizabeth Berry, a Professor and Founder of the CSUN Women's Studies Department; Patt Morrison, a writer, journalist, and talk show host; and Angela Sanbrano, Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). 

The CSUN Women's Studies Department emphasizes interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational studies that focus on gender. Its curriculum includes course work in feminist theory; women and social movements; transnational, women of color, queer and postcolonial feminism; women's economic conditions in the global context; productions of women in media and literature; women's health; and masculinity studies.

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