The Women’s Studies Department at CSUN honor five outstanding women every two years with a Phenomenal Woman Award.
The 2006 Phenomenal Woman Awards celebration was held on October 2, 2006
Tina Allen is an internationally recognized sculptor and painter, whose works have appeared in galleries throughout the world. Encouraged at a very young age by her family and famous sculptor, William Zorach, to explore her creative talents, Ms. Allen received her degree from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and her B.A. from the Universityof South Alabama. She continued her advanced studies at Pratt Institute in New York and the University of Venice in Italy. Her aesthetic cuts across the spectrum, from Symbolic Abstractions to the Historical Body of Representational sculptures in which she celebrates her African American identity. Ms. Allen’s breathtaking monumental installations honoring great Americans was presented on the “Best of CBS Sunday Morning.”Acknowledgements for her contribution to the art world include the Medaille d’Exellence by the UN in Geneva, Switzerland where she spoke on art and world peace. Ms Allen is the recipient of many awards, including the Dorothy Height and Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Elizabeth Berry received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from UCLA. Her dissertation was on Emma Goldman; therefore, it is no surprise that she actively promotes the study of women and women’s rights. An accomplished teacher and administrator, Dr. Berry took the lead in the creation of what is now the Women’s Studies Department. As the CFA faculty rights chair for the past 12 years, she has been an advocate of academic freedom and due process for faculty. Dr. Berry has worked throughout her 33 years at CSUN with a keen sense of humor and a profound commitment to our educational mission. She has mentored students to achieve their goals and has inspired faculty, staff and administrators with her optimistic and forward-looking vision. Her knowledge and wisdom is surpassed only by her skills in facilitating change, enabling faculty to develop support systems, and negotiating equitable and responsible resolution of conflicts.
Patt Morrison hosted the nationally syndicated The BookShow and now hosts KPCC’s Patt Morrison daily program. She is a Los Angeles Times columnist—the first woman news columnist at the newspaper in more than 50 years—and contributes commentaries to NPR’s Morning Edition. She wrote the best-selling book Rio L.A., Tales from the Los Angeles River. She served for eight years as adjunct professor at USC’s School of Journalism. Ms. Morrison has won six Emmys and six Golden Mike Awards and, in 2000, was the first woman in a quarter century to receive the Joseph M. Quinn Award for lifetime achievement from the L.A. Press Club. An indomitable woman, Ms. Morrison was honored by the ACLU with its “Freedom of Information Award,” named 1996’s “Woman of the Year” by the Beverly Hills’ League of Women Voters, and received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Skeptic Society. Her 2001 column on Bush’s rollback of reproductive rights policies generated massive contributions to pro–choice organizations. Who other than Patt Morrison would write a piece titled “Kill Barbie” in which she unabashedly proclaims, “I come to bury Barbie, not to praise her.”
Angela Sanbrano holds a B.A. in psychology and received a law degree from the People’s College of Law. Born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Ms. Sanbrano has dedicated most of her adult life to the struggle for peace with justice. In 1985 she was elected National Executive Director of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). She traveled throughout the Central American country, building solidarity with the people and working toward an end to US intervention in El Salvador and Central America. After the signing of the Peace Accords, she founded the International Solidarity Center in El Salvador. When Ms. Sanbrano returned to Los Angeles in 1995, she joined the administrative staff of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and, in 1997, was appointed Executive Director, a position she holds to this day. Ms. Sanbrano has received many awards and, in 2005, was elected President of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC).
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters represents South L.A. and surrounding communities and cities. Throughout her 29 years of public service, Maxine Waters has fearlessly tackled controversial issues, combining her legislative and public policy acumen with an ability to do grassroots organizing. Representative Waters holds influential positions in Congress, including the Committee on the Judiciary and its subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and on Immigration, Border Security and Claims. Following the 2000 Presidential election fiasco in Florida, Representative Waters chaired the Democratic Caucus Committee on Election Reform. Long active in the women’s movement, Representative Waters has given encouragement and financial support to women seeking public office. She helped create a Center for Women Veterans and co-founded the Black Women’s Forum. Congresswoman Waters’ priorities include the development of the Minority AIDS Initiative. Throughout her career, Congresswoman Waters has been an advocate for international peace, justice, and human rights and is the founding member and chair of the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus.