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Lauren Book

LAUREN BOOK

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Sen. Lauren Book recalls that she had trouble finding a coping method after revealing the abuse to her family. She would go to school and come home to cry. Eventually, her mother revealed to her that she too had been sexually assaulted. She said that these were “regular occurrences” for women, and that they simply had to get over their trauma and live their lives. From that moment on, Sen. Book decided she would do everything in her power to be stronger. She now challenges herself every day to help young survivors. She learned that working through legislature and shaping the laws that protect those who are vulnerable can be an effective way to

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Kathrine Switzer

KATHRINE VIRGINIA SWITZER

When Kathrine Virginia Switzer was 12 years old, her father recommended she run a mile every day to help her make the field hockey team. She found that running gave her strength, stamina and empowerment, so she continued it through high school. Dr. Switzer upped it to three miles a day in college, and eventually, she and one of her field hockey teammates were noticed by the men’s track coach. He asked the pair to join the team, despite the fact that they were women, and this solidified her desire to run competitively. Later on in Dr. Switzer’s collegiate running career, she met Arnie Briggs, a well-known New York marathoner with 15 Boston Marathons under his belt. He was retired

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PHYLLIS M. FABER

Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, Phyllis Faber dedicated much of her career to environmental advocacy. She moved to the state in 1970 and found the ecosystem to be remarkable; she knew it had to be protected. Ms. Faber proceeded to join a committee that later created the California Coastal Commission, of which she served as the commissioner for seven years. This led her to spend five years as a partner of Madrone Ecological Associates, 10 years as an instructor at College of Marin, and 17 years as the editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society. Today, she continues her efforts as the publisher and director of the California Native Plant Society Press, as

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