Berkeley’s Mable Yee, founder of, has been named Woman of the Year from Assembly District 14 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. Yee founded, a national organization developing leadership skills among multicultural girls and women using conferences and workshops as well as digital technologies and social media. Engage Her is launching two campaigns this year – to support participation in the census and a fight obesity program in alignment with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move.

A special ceremony for the 80 women from across California will take place today at the State Capitol. Speaker of the Assembly John Perez and Assemblymember Skinner will present a certificate of honor to Yee.

The day’s events will also include a reception hosted by the Legislative Women’s Caucus. The Woman of the Year event was started in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D), who realized the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, each year one woman from each district has been honored at the Capitol for their accomplishments.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...