SF Commission on the Status of Women Honors Three Exceptional Women for Pride Month

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                          For immediate release: July 2, 2018

CONTACT: Dr. Emily Murase, Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, 415.252.2572, emily.murase@sfgov.org

Commission on the Status of Women Honors Three Exceptional Women for Pride Month

On the occasion of LGBT Pride Month, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women honored three exceptional women at its June 24 Commission meeting at San Francisco City Hall.

“The month of June is nationally recognized as LGBT Pride Month, and we are just coming off of San Francisco’s Pride Parade with a historic number of contingents and onlookers last Sunday, June 24. We are truly honored to recognize some of the most accomplished women in our community,” stated Commission President Debbie Mesloh.

The Commission recognized two extraordinary women leaders in the San Francisco Police Department. Deputy Chief of Police Denise Schmitt, who oversees the Airport Bureau, is the highest-ranking female officer in the SFPD, having served for nearly 30 years in the department. Slated to retire, Deputy Chief Schmitt has been at the forefront of countering hate crimes, addressing quality of life issues, fighting discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and mentoring junior and mid-level officers. Commander Teresa Ewins who oversees the Police Department’s Municipal Transportation Task Force has served in the department for over 20 years, fighting sexual assault and human trafficking among many other crimes. Both honorees play leadership roles on the Chief of Police’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum that was created to maintain a healthy dialogue between the Police Department and the LGBTQ community on promoting the safety and security of members of the LGBTQ community of San Francisco.

The Commission also recognized Dixie Horning, Executive Director of the University of California at San Francisco National Center of Excellent in Women’s Health, has had an extraordinary career in public health and women’s issues at the local, state, and national levels. Ms. Horning has been an effective organizer, having worked with the Grey Panthers to lobby for the landmark federal Violence Against Women Act and renewal of Title IX, and expanded her reach internationally as a planner on several United Nations World Conferences on Women. Following years of advancing awareness and gains in lesbian health, Ms. Horning is retiring from UCSF.

“These women exemplify the rich and deep relationship San Francisco enjoys with its LGBT community and its leaders. We thank these women for their tireless dedication and enormous contributions to their fields and the broader community,” stated Dr. Emily Murase, Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.