Sonoma State University Senior and CSU Student Trustee Emily Hinton was honored by the California Legislature Tuesday as a “Woman of the Year” at a formal ceremony on the floors of the state Senate and Assembly.
The Woman of the Year event is held annually in March to celebrate Women’s History Month. State senators and assembly members recognize women who are making a difference in their communities. Hinton, one of the CSU's two student trustees representing the nearly 500,000 CSU students, was recognized by Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.
“My mother was crying after the event because she said she had no idea there was so many women fighting for me and others in this nation,” said Hinton. “This was such a huge honor, and I hope this shows a future generation of women that they can fight for whatever path they choose.”
Other CSU leaders honored were university Presidents Erika D. Beck of California State Channel Islands, Dianne F. Harrison of California State Northridge and Mary Papazian of San José State University.
Hinton has served as the president of Associated Students and is in her final semester of receiving a dual B.A. in philosophy and political science.