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Celebrating the real women of Orange County

Davenport, Stefani, Pfeiffer and Cohen all have Orange County roots
Davenport, Stefani, Pfeiffer and Cohen all have Orange County roots

March is National Women’s History Month, a time to reflect upon the achievements of “the fairer sex.” The television show “The Real Housewives of Orange County” may have created a skewed stereotype of the kind of women who reside in that perpetually sunny land between Los Angeles and San Diego counties. However, Orange County is actually the home of many accomplished female achievers in arts and sports.

Rock star Gwen Stefani was born in Anaheim, and attended both Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton before hitting the big time with her group “No Doubt.” Her band tweaked the nose of Orange County’s most famous attraction with its 1995 hit album “Tragic Kingdom.” But Stefani later confessed that as a child she dreamed of working at Disneyland, and added that she often came to the park as a teen to go dancing at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana and attended Fountain Valley High School. Although she became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1980s, she first attracted the public's attention when she won the 1978 Miss Orange County beauty contest.

Though born in the Los Angeles community of Palos Verdes, tennis ace Lindsay Davenport has called Orange County home for most of her adult life. She currently owns property in Irvine and Laguna Beach, and gave birth to both of her children in a Newport Beach hospital.

Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen similarly came from LA, but moved to Orange County as a child. She started making her mark on the American and world figure skating scene while she was still a student at Futures High School in Mission Viejo. While she seldom skates competitively anymore, she still represents the Orange County Figure Skating Club.