Honoring, Encouraging, Educating

  • Education is the Most Empowering Kind of Charity
  • Annual Living Legacy Awards Ceremony
  • Spotlight on Women Speaker Series 2014
  • Bring People and DIgnitaries Together
  • Provide Online Network of Resources
  • Not to be confused with Women, Infants and Children
Women’s International Center

Celebrating Women

  • Profits Support Scholarships and Sisterships
  • We Partner and Promote Those Who Make a Difference
  • Almost 30 Years Old with more than 300 Honorees
  • Striving for Health, Equality, Representation
  • Help Our World Become Sustainable
  • Share Your Stories and Causes on our Blog
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The first International Women's Day Summit in Kuwait is being held this year under the generous patronage of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who was honored recently by the United Nations as a Humanitarian Leader. In celebration of this honor, the IWDS is dedicated to him, as Kuwait gets named "Capital of Women" and this inaugural summit has the goal of "Empowering Women." Women's International Center is honored to facilitate a panel on Global Networking, advancing the conversation about how women's organizations can effectively work together in a cooperative effort supporting cultural exchanges between nations. http://www.iwds.net/index.php/en/

BICSR Bahrain International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference

Outstanding keynote speakers from around the world, insightful and practical approaches to Corporate Social Responsibility and a phenomenal platform of panelists including experts in the field of environmental sustainability, the business world, trade unions, international organizations, civil society, government and academia who share the latest trends in CSR. 9th -11th Feb. 2015 at the Gulf Convention Centre, Gulf Hotel, Bahrain. http://www.bicsr.com

Women's International Center participated as part of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Women in Engineering Committee. Read more on our blog https://womensinternationalcenter.wordpress.com

International Women's Peace GroupON Sept 16-19 2014 We went to
Seoul, Korea For
World Peace Summit

Co-Presented by the International Women's Peace Group http://internationalwomenspeacegroup.org HWPL and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. Advocates of International peace building based on cross cultural understanding, inter-faith communication and cooperation gathered among present and past world leaders to make a commitment to the cessation of wars, violence and intolerance. IWPG Chair Maria Kim and HWPL M.H. Lee have dedicated their lives to building a global network of messengers of peace. The Women's International Center was represented by Dr. Bridget McDonald.



The Women's International Center would like to thank Mylene Dautel from the Normandy Business School as well as Lise Calligaris, a student from l'Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité (ISCOM), a communications, marketing, public relations and advertising school in Paris, for dedicating their summers to an internship with us.

http://www.eeday.orgVisit Encinitas Environment Day in Encinitas, California.
EEday May 17 2015 will be an enjoyable and educational community event – family activities, food, eco art, and entertainment. Network with your community and learn the latest strategies for healthy lifestyles, conservation and sustainability.

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SharpSpotlight on Women Speaker Series 2015

The Women's International Center is proud of our Spotlight on Women Speaker Series in collaboration with The Women's Museum of California, Pacific Arts Movement, The San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce, and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Our Series is held at various locations around San Diego and features professional and celebrity speakers and delicious international food. We encourage people of all ages to join us in this cooperative environment and, time permitting, guests may introduce themselves and promote causes. We are pleased to announce this excellent upcoming panel presented by the leading bevahioral health care provider in San Diego:

Mental Health Through the Generations.
Kathi Lencioni, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Mesa Vista and Sharp McDonald Center at Sharp HealthCare moderates this expert panel including Dr. Alisha Carpenter, Dr. Dara Schwartz and Larkin Hoyt.

Date 2015 TBA

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A HISTORIC SUCCESS! Saturday Feb 22 2014
Living Legacy Awards

In Support of Women's International Center (501c3) Scholarships and Sisterships

Women's International Center Living Legacy Awards
Co-Chairs Sally B. Thornton and Marianne McDonald

2014 Living Legacy Award Honorees

Betty Beyster - Leading Contributor to Education in the Global Community of Doctors, Nurses, Researchers and Scientists in Support of Medical Advancement

Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. - Iconic Oceanographer, Author and Explorer, named Time Magazine's first Hero for the Planet, Founder of Mission Blue

Kristin Farmer - Pioneer of Autism Research and Treatment, Founder of ACES which Helps Maximize an Individual's Potential in Home, School and Community

Nadine George-Graves, Ph.D. - Author African American and Women's Studies, Performance, Theatre and Dance History

John Hermann - Inspiring Special Needs Advocate, One of the most Senior Survivors Worldwide of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who Maintains an Influential Blog using only Technology-Assisted Movements of his Head

Dorothy Dale Kloss - World Record-Setting Champion of Dance, Age-Defying Oldest Living Still-Performing Dancer at 90, Proponent of Athletics, Wellness and Vitality

Marilyn Lane - Horsewoman Supporting Veterans' Rehabilitation at Saratoga War Horse, Equine-based treatment of PTSD

(Presentation made at the World Diplomatic Forum at UCSD's Rady School of Management)
H.E. Elena B. Poptodorova - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to the United States, International Protector of Human Rights, Reproductive Health and Civic Security

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We Celebrate the Life of Gloria J. Lane 1932 - 2013

With heavy hearts, but in gratitude for knowing a true Living Legacy, we celebrate the life and good works of Gloria J. Lane PhD, Educator, Writer, Inspiration, Founder Women's International Center. Gloria's final place of rest will be close to her family in Santa Nella California at the San Joaquin National Cemetery. Your own Tributes including Stories, Photos, Video, Music may be added at any time to the following in perpetuity public website: http://gloria.muchloved.com

Our Organization Celebrates Noni Gotti Legal Victory

The Executive Assistant to the Founder of the Women's International Center has helped win a years-long legal battle waged by herself and Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse to protect individuals and California businesses from fraud and extortion regarding disability access. We celebrate Noni Gotti's courage in appearing in Sacramento before the Senate Committee which helped influence Governor Brown's signing into law of this important legislation. Noni appeared on the cover of the The San Diego Union and on local news. Thank you Noni for speaking up and using your voice to make our world a better place!

Community Partners

Women's International Center was honored to co-present the film American Revolutionary at the Pacific Arts Movement San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2013, about the life of legendary human rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. We joined NAPAWF-SD and Pac Arts for an in-person Question and Answer session with film director Grace Lee.

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The Representation Project

Take the Pledge to challenge society's limiting representations of gender.
Twitter users: Use #NotBuyingIt each time you see or hear objectionable content.

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History of Women through Art

Since the beginning of humanity, women have been worshipped, adored, cherished, celebrated, imitated, wooed, and admired...

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Where Your Donations Go

Scholarships and Sisterships

When you support the Women's International Center, you encourage people to lead by example.
Our list of amazing Living Legacies inspires others to be all they can be, to boldly realize their dreams, to improve communities through empowerment and education, not through gratuitous charity. We welcome private, corporate, and government support of our events and operating costs, so that all profits go to Sisterships and Scholarships, toward which we have directed many thousands of dollars since our founding. Recipients have included The Americas Foundation in Mexico, The William J. Kupiec Academy for Girls in Nigeria, White Rainbow Project supporting Widows in India, Women Victim to Victim (KOFAVIV) in Haiti, and many others.


2014 Women's International Center Sistership Recipients

Anjali Tara Babanrao Pawar Combatting Child Trafficking in India and the practice of selling children into adoption without the permission of parents.
Tian Qian Leader of the China Zero Waste Alliance, head of the Friends of Nature Waste Program, known for her work in Anhui province and Beijing.
Maria Monica da Silva Catadora from Diadema, Sao Paolo, Brazil, a leading voice in the Latin American Recyclers Movement and proponent of environmental justice.

2012 Women's International Center Sistership Recipients

White Rainbow Project Aiding Widows in India.
Emem Okon Organizing Women in Nigeria.
Berta Caceres Flores Human Rights in Honduras.
Little World Community Organization Crafts Creating Education in Pakistan.

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Dilkhwaz Ahmed Founder License to Freedom - Interview

License to Freedom

License to Freedom is a non-profit community based organization that promotes nonviolence through community education, self-sufficiency and advocacy for refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic and relationship abuse in the East County and San Diego regions.
Visit http://www.licensetofreedom.org


Join the conversation on Facebook

Facebook For the first time in our history, the Women's International Center is on Facebook! Join the conversation.

Notice: This is the ONLY official website of the Women's International Center

a) WIC.org is the ONLY official website of the Women’s International Center
b) Other legitimate organizations have names similar to ours, for example Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Women for Women International (WWI). Please be aware that entities by the name of "Women's International Center Foundation" and "Women's International Foundation" are NOT authorized agents of the Women's International Center.
c) To anyone wishing to make donations, please make sure that your mailed donations are sent ONLY to our PO Box 669, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-0669 or made through our official donation page on website wic.org (we use PayPal for donation collection and Eventbrite for ticket sales collections). NO other websites or PO Boxes are authorized by the Women's International Center to collect donations..


Check the dates for events by Women's International Center, our Partners, and Causes
Living Legacy Awards 2014 Living Legacy Awards 2014

Living Legacy Awards 2014

Women's International Center Living Legacy Awards, San Diego

International Women's Day International Women's Day

Women's Day

Global International Women's Day

Achievement Award Achievement Award

Achievement Award

Women's International Center presents Achievement Award at Southern California Motion Picture Council Golden Halo Awards, Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, CA

SD County Women's Hall of Fame SD County Women's Hall of Fame

Women's Hall of Fame

13th Annual SD County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Women's Museum of California McMillan Event Center, Liberty Station

World Diplomatic Forum World Diplomatic Forum

World Diplomatic Forum

World Diplomatic Forum Conference hosted by the Ambassadorial Roundtable - UC San Diego Rady School of Management, La Jolla, CA, USA

Women Speaker Series Women Speaker Series

Women Speaker Series

Spotlight on Women Speaker Series: Sharp Mesa Vista and Sharp McDonald Center "Mental Health Through the Generations" Noon - 2pm

World Peace Summit California Women's Conference

World Peace Summit

Seoul, Korea

SD Asian Film Festival SD Asian Film Festival

SD Asian Film Festival

Pacific Arts Movement San Diego Asian Film Festival