Woman of the Year
The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen (R) and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D), who noticed that 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, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments. The women were to be recognized as Woman of the Year in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. This yearly event, sponsored and organized by the Women's Caucus, is greatly anticipated by all Legislators today.
The 2021 Woman of the Year I have selected for Senate District 19 is Regina K. Hatcher-Crawford.
Regina K. Hatcher-Crawford is Ventura County Branch NAACP, President, and California – Hawaii State Conference Central Coast Area director. She is a life member of the NAACP.
Hatcher-Crawford's destine for service was elected Ventura County Youth & College NAACP President. While serving in the capacity of Ventura County Youth & College President, she was then elected as Southern Area Youth & College NAACP President representing NAACP Youth & College units across Southern California, Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. Serving two terms, Hatcher- Crawford was the first female to serve in this position.
Hatcher-Crawford, following under the leadership of her mentor, her father, and Ventura County President Emeritus Mr. John R. Hatcher III (deceased), credits her activism ideology to her parents, John and Jo Anne E. Hatcher (mother). Her parents active in the civil rights movement instilled a strong sense of justice and the importance of standing up for your beliefs and being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Hatcher-Crawford learned the key to advocacy are the foundation and core values of unity, solidarity, and commitment. Within the core structure of advocacy are the people and communities she serves; this belief reinforces her belief that "nothing is impossible".
Hatcher-Crawford graduated from California Lutheran University (CLU), with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and a dual bachelor's degree in Business Organizational Leadership (BS) and Psychology (BA).
Hatcher-Crawford is married to Kerry Crawford Sr. and has three adult children Kerry Jr., Ka’sha M., and Kristian Crawford.
For a list of honorees from the Senate, please click here.
For a list of honorees from the Assembly, please click here.