Every late August for the last several years, our newspaper has worked to bring its readers the Women of the Imperial Valley special edition — a collection of uplifting and inspiring stories highlighting more than a dozen women in the community doing great things. This year is no exception.
Tucked within Sunday's Press will be what we refer to in the office as the women's edition. (We jokingly used to call it the Fabulous Babes edition, but we have come a long way since then.) Long one of our most popular special editions, Women of the Imperial Valley spotlights just a smattering of our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors doing great things in a world still dominated — as much as we hate to say this — by men.
Women in general, especially a great many on the local levels, have made great strides. For instance, in this year's edition we feature Kris Fontaine, the first female department head in the history of the Imperial Irrigation District, one of the Valley's longest running businesses. Fontaine also serves as the district's chief financial officer, overseeing one of the largest budgets in the county.