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SPIRITS OF THE HALL OF FAME

The following women have been honored as the Spirits of the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame:

2005: Alice "Lefty" Hohlmeyer turned her youthful fastpitch hobby into a baseball career. At age 20, Hohlmayer got the unique chance to play in a professional baseball league. It was an opportunity women players today can only dream of. Lucky for Hohlmayer she was born at just the right time: 1925. During WWII, Professional Baseball came to a grinding halt with male players fighting overseas. Baseball fans turned to the women of America to fill the national pastime gap. Lefty joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946 at its heyday, boasting 8 teams and playing 110 game schedules. The women of the AAGPBL had to adapt from Girl's Softball to baseball's 80-foot baseline with 9 players (instead of 10) and grueling road schedules. And they had to live up to society's idea of femininity, complete with skirts and make-up worn on and off the field--those bare legs paid the price with every slide into base. In 1948, Left pitched 42 scoreless innings, once got a hit off the great Satchel Paige in an All Star game, and was the only woman in the "55 years and over World Men's Slow Pitch Tournament" in 1981. These days she is invited to speak nationally and was asked to consult on the Geena Davis film "A League of Their Own". The character Rosie O'Donnell played in the film was loosely based on Alice.
2006: Dr. Sally Ride At 27, with B.A., B.S. and master’s degrees, Ride was a Ph.D. candidate looking for post-doctoral work in astrophysics when she read in the Stanford University paper about NASA’s call for astronauts. More than 8,000 men and women applied to the space program that year, and 35 individuals, including six women, were accepted; one was Sally Ride. After begin accepted into the astronaut corps in 1978, Ride underwent extensive training that included parachute jumping, water survival, gravity and weightlessness training, radio communications and navigation. In 1983, Dr. Ride became the premier American woman to orbit Earth on board Space Shuttle Challenger, and her next flight in 1984 was an eight-day mission. After retiring from NASA in 1987, the former astronaut became a Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at her alma mater, Stanford University. Two years later she was appointed to her current position as Director of the California Space Institute and professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. In her ongoing commitment to empower upper elementary and middle school girls to explore the world of science, Dr. Ride founded the Sally Ride Science, an interactive Web site. Through “innovative science programs,” including science festivals, science camps, and a national contest for students to create a new toy or game, Sally Ride Science “informs and inspires” girls to explore fields from “astrobiology to zoology and everything in between.”
2007: Joan Embrey Born in San Diego in 1949 Joan Embery spent her childhood camping under the stars, hiking the canyons and watching the sun set. Although she is allergic to animals and is afraid of bugs, she has trained and handled some of the world's rarest and most unusual animals, from aardvarks to zebras. She is also a champion of environmental, conservation and preservation issues around the world. While at San Diego State University Joan specialized in zoology and telecommunications and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Eastern Illinois University. She has spent most of her life being a spokeswoman for the Zoological Society of San Diego (which includes the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park), educating the public about the wildlife and environment by making appearances on television, doing radio interviews, speaking engagements and performing animal presentations. Her love for the wildlife has taken her to such exotic places as Africa, China, Nepal, India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Thailand and the Amazon. As she once stated, she “enjoys traveling to all parts of the world to observe animals in their natural habitats.” Additionally, Joan has served on many boards focusing on conservation and wildlife issues such as Morris Animal Foundation, Wildlife Health Center School of Veterinary Medicine UC Davis, San Diego River Park Foundation, Anza-Borrego Foundation, Project Wildlife (advisory board), Blue Sky Community Foundation, and as a participant or instructor for Envirovet. She has also received numerous awards for her dedication to the animals and the environment and has authored four books on these topics; My Wild World, Amazing Animal Facts, On Horses and The Good Dog Book. In 2004 Joan established The Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation with the hope of connecting people to wildlife and conservation issues and making people aware of the role each individual plays in insuring healthy environments. It is for her devotion to the wildlife and the environment as well as her overwhelmingly positive representation of the San Diego community that we welcome Joan Embery as the 2007 Spirit of the Women’s Hall of Fame.
2008: Bonnie Dumanis is San Diego's first woman District Attorney who is a statewide leader in the legal community. As the chief law enforcement official of San Diego County, Dumanis is a tough prosecutor who is also committed to crime prevention and victim's rights.
2009: Monique Henderson The only 4-time California State Champion in the 400 meter dash and the first high school athlete to make the US Olympic team since 1976

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