League of Women Voters of San Francisco 2016 Gala
The League of Women Voters of San Francisco invites you to the 2016 Women Who Could Be President Gala to celebrate with advocates, innovators, philanthropists, and others whose dedication to impact inspires the next generation of leaders. Leadership begins with you!
- Where: The City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco
- When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6 p.m.
- Tickets: Buy your tickets
History of the Women Who Could Be President Awards
Past Honorees: See the 2015 honorees.
The League of Women Voters of San Francisco launched the Women Who Could Be President awards in 1992 under the leadership of then League President Susan Sutherland. The awards honored women community leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area who excelled in the areas of communications, law, politics, and philanthropy.
The aspirational name of the awards was chosen to call attention to the fact that we have never elected a woman President in the United States, yet there are many highly qualified women in leadership who can lead any nation in the world. The qualifications for the League’s awards are not the same as for the President of the United States. What the honorees share is the President’s dedication to strong leadership.
The League held an annual awards luncheon from 1992 to 2003. After a 5-year hiatus, the League’s first African-American President, Karen Clopton, resurrected the Women Who Could Be President concept for the 2008 presidential election. The awards were presented an evening gala at the historic City Club, and also celebrated the League’s birthday. In 2009, the reinvigorated Gala included a tribute to the bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birthday.
In 2011, the League celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in California. The Gala was a focal point of a larger campaign to educate the San Francisco Bay Area community about this historic milestone. It also raised funds for the League’s voter education programs about women’s suffrage, such as lectures at local universities, articles in local papers and state law reviews, and community events.
In 2016, the Women Who Could Be President awards continue to honor exceptional women leaders while inspiring others to consider seeking elected office. The Gala also raises funds for the League’s nonpartisan voter education and outreach programs. The event has gained a reputation in the community as a fun, rewarding networking event that celebrates women leaders and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.