Women's Museum of California

Women's Museum of California A museum dedicated to telling the stories of women both past and present and future. The Women's Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983 as the Women's History Reclamation Project.
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It was the life-long dream of its founder, Mary B. Maschal, and other women who realized that women and their stories were not included in the mainstream version of history.

Mission: To educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience.

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"I am also hugely pleased to see that the Nobel committee has chosen to honor two leading women in active research -- th...
10/07/2020
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to scientists who discovered CRISPR gene editing tool for 'rewriting the code of life'

"I am also hugely pleased to see that the Nobel committee has chosen to honor two leading women in active research -- their teamwork is an example of how scientific breakthroughs are based on a truly global community of researchers and they can become role models for aspiring scientists of all genders." https://cnn.it/3nsJsRi

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing.

How do we ensure everyone's story gets told? Students can learn about oral history snd how we use the experiences of eve...
10/02/2020
Virtual Field Trips | Women's Museum

How do we ensure everyone's story gets told? Students can learn about oral history snd how we use the experiences of everyday people to make sure that everyone’s story counts. Book a virtual field trip at the Women's Museum of California today: https://bit.ly/33ezb1z

Discover women's history

How far would you go in pursuit of the illusion of beauty?Through the centuries, the ideal female form has taken many sh...
09/30/2020
Beauty or Torture | Women's Museum

How far would you go in pursuit of the illusion of beauty?Through the centuries, the ideal female form has taken many shapes. From the strait-laced Victorians to the modern seekers of flat stomachs, the desire to change one’s appearance is dwarfed only by the myriad of objects that have been created to do so. Explore our latest digital exhibit #BeautyorTorture: https://bit.ly/2HJxaUe

Explore the evolution of the impossible standards of beauty that women were, in some cases, literally dying to achieve as beauty ideals shifted radically from decade to decade.

"We must not be confused about what freedom is. Basic human rights are simple and easily understood: freedom of speech a...
09/28/2020

"We must not be confused about what freedom is. Basic human rights are simple and easily understood: freedom of speech and a free press; freedom of religion and worship; freedom of assembly and the right of petition; the right of men to be secure in their homes and free from unreasonable search and seizure and from arbitrary arrest and punishment."
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#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt gave her "The Struggle for Human Rights Speech in Paris, France. The speech called for the preservation of human freedom, something she saw as one of the greatest issues of the time after the devastation of World War II. Her words set the tone for the drafting of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The fifth installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Women's Museum of California's Phenomenal women series pays tri...
09/27/2020
Phenomenal women series

The fifth installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Women's Museum of California's Phenomenal women series pays tribute to women in the arts — the creators and performers who have fed the imagination, challenged assumptions, entertained, enlightened and enlivened the world around them.

Spotlighted is Pam Muñoz Ryan, the award-winning author and former Escondido school teacher known for her multicultural approach in the more than 30 books she’s written, including the highly praised “Esperanza Rising.” https://bit.ly/3cpJF1D

The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Women’s Museum of California are celebrating a century of female achievement in San Diego to mark the 100th year of women’s suffrage in America.

The nineteenth-century laid the foundation for myriad women's clubs and organizations that took hold in the twentieth ce...
09/26/2020
Digital Exhibits | Women's Clubs | Women's Museum

The nineteenth-century laid the foundation for myriad women's clubs and organizations that took hold in the twentieth century. In that influential century, all over America, women strengthened institutions, did battle with injustices, educated students, raised needed funds for worthy causes, and enjoyed one another's company: https://bit.ly/2EGhf84

Women joined together at a time when it was believed "woman's place is in the home." They encountered disapproval, but persevered anyway.

Please Note: The Museum Store will be closed this weekend, September 26th & 25th.You can plan your future visit to the W...
09/25/2020
About | San Diego | Women's Museum of California

Please Note: The Museum Store will be closed this weekend, September 26th & 25th.

You can plan your future visit to the Women's Museum and any safety updates by checking out this page: https://bit.ly/3mRjnLc

The mission of the Women's Museum of California is to preserve women's history and become an educational resource for the community.

The Women’s Museum of California is an almost entirely volunteer-run organization. Whether you want to assist Museum ope...
09/24/2020

The Women’s Museum of California is an almost entirely volunteer-run organization. Whether you want to assist Museum operations remotely in your own home or safely come into the Museum we have plenty of volunteer opportunities for everyone.

Interested in joining our volunteer family? Fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/qB8KPZ7R65qgC6EA8

09/24/2020
Trailblazing Women Episode 6: Zandra Rhodes

In case you missed the latest episode of #trailblazingwomen last week: Dressing royalty, rockstars and millions of her adoring fans, English textile designer Zandra Rhodes has been trailblazing the world of fashion for half a century. And at the age of 80, she has no intention of slowing down. In an exclusive interview with Sandra Maas from her home in London, the "princess of punk" shares what it was like meeting Her Majesty The Queen, her favorite decade for fashion, style predictions post-pandemic, and the Hollywood actress she 'wishes' she could have dressed.
https://youtu.be/4c1DJK7yPNg

Dressing royalty, rockstars and millions of her adoring fans, English textile designer Zandra Rhodes has been trailblazing the world of fashion for half a ce...

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory activist Mary Church Terrell was born.  Terrell is best known as one of the founders of the...
09/23/2020

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory activist Mary Church Terrell was born. Terrell is best known as one of the founders of the National Association of Colored Women. NACW adopted the motto “Lifting As We Climb,” with the intention of demonstrating to “an ignorant and suspicious world that our aims and interests are identical with those of all good aspiring women.” Terrell established an ambitious and forward-thinking agenda for the organization, focusing on job training, wage equity, and child care. The organization raised funds for kindergartens, vocational schools, summer camps, and retirement homes. In addition, the NACW opposed segregated transportation systems and was a strong and visible supporter of the anti-lynching movement. In 1912 the organization began a national scholarship fund for college-bound African American women. During that same year it endorsed the suffrage movement, two years before its white counterpart, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

"Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the g...
09/20/2020

"Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Throughout American history, men have made their best efforts to keep women from practicing in the field of law. Althoug...
09/19/2020
Law’s Leading Ladies

Throughout American history, men have made their best efforts to keep women from practicing in the field of law. Although women have faced similar dilemmas in their efforts to enter other professions, their struggle to break through the barriers of the legal profession has been one of the most challenging pursuits. http://bit.ly/2xviTle

Throughout American history, men have made their best efforts to keep women from practicing in the field of law. Although women have faced similar dilemmas in their efforts to enter other professio…

The Women’s Museum of California celebrates the life of  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away at th...
09/19/2020

The Women’s Museum of California celebrates the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away at the age of 87 on September 18th, 2020.

Ginsburg worked in law for 60 years, serving for 27 of those years as the first Jewish woman and the second woman ever on the Supreme Court of the United States. Her career began when, after being rejected by 14 law firms due to her gender, she was finally hired by Judge Palmieri of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She then began work on Columbia Law School’s Project on International Procedure, and a couple years later became a professor of law at Rutgers University, where she and her female colleagues fought successfully for equal pay.

In 1972 she became the first woman to be granted a tenured faculty position at Columbia Law School, and during her time on Columbia’s faculty she also co-founded and directed the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. As the director of the Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court in the span of three years, winning all but one of these cases and officially establishing gender as a category of illegal discrimination.

In 1980 President Jimmy Carter nominated Ginsburg to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and in 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court. As an associate justice of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was involved in several landmark decisions; her opinion in support of the majority decision on the Affordable Care Act, her dissenting opinion in Bush v. Gore, and her writing of the landmark decision in United States v. Virginia are but a few notable moments from her time on the Supreme Court. She was also considered instrumental in the legalization of same sex marriage in all 50 states, and her dissenting opinion on Ledbetter v. Goodyear helped to inspire the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

09/18/2020
Trailblazing Women Episode 6: Zandra Rhodes

Dressing royalty, rockstars and millions of her adoring fans, English textile designer Zandra Rhodes has been trailblazing the world of fashion for half a century. And at the age of 80, she has no intention of slowing down. In an exclusive interview with Sandra Maas from her home in London, the "princess of punk" shares what it was like meeting Her Majesty The Queen, her favorite decade for fashion, style predictions post-pandemic, and the Hollywood actress she 'wishes' she could have dressed.
https://youtu.be/4c1DJK7yPNg

Dressing royalty, rockstars and millions of her adoring fans, English textile designer Zandra Rhodes has been trailblazing the world of fashion for half a ce...

This narrative of Pocahontas turning her back on her own people and allying with the English, thereby finding common gro...
09/18/2020
The True Story of Pocahontas

This narrative of Pocahontas turning her back on her own people and allying with the English, thereby finding common ground between the two cultures, has endured for centuries. But in actuality, Pocahontas’ life was much different than how mainstream culture tells it: https://bit.ly/35MQk5B

Historian Camilla Townsend separates fact from fiction, as a new documentary premieres about the American Indian princess

Whether ordinary or extraordinary, we all have a compelling story to share. Catch up on the latest episodes of #Trailbla...
09/16/2020
Trailblazing Women with Sandra Maas | Women's Museum

Whether ordinary or extraordinary, we all have a compelling story to share. Catch up on the latest episodes of #TrailblazingWomen with Sandra Maas. Our monthly video series highlights inspiring, visionary and daring women who are leading the way and making a difference in their communities, careers and the lives of others

https://bit.ly/37kEIVW

Join Sandra as she shares the stories of inspiring, visionary and daring women who are leading the way and making a difference in their communities, careers and the lives of others.

Felicitas Mendez helped to spearhead and win the monumental lawsuit Mendez v. Westminster, which in 1946 resulted in the...
09/15/2020
Google Doodle honors civil rights activist who fought school segregation in California in the 1940s

Felicitas Mendez helped to spearhead and win the monumental lawsuit Mendez v. Westminster, which in 1946 resulted in the first US federal court ruling against public school segregation—almost a decade before Brown v. Board of Education: https://cnn.it/33wOqmU

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Tuesday, and Google is fittingly celebrating with a new Google Doodle -- of civil rights pioneer and business owner Felicitas Mendez.

Through the years, The Women’s Liberation Movement aided women in making inroads into other professional careers, sports...
09/14/2020
Rockin' the Political Boat | Women's Museum

Through the years, The Women’s Liberation Movement aided women in making inroads into other professional careers, sports, and the military. In addition, it was during this era in which women realized that they no longer needed to rely on men in the political sphere to secure their rights and began running for political offices themselves. And winning.

Explore our latest #digitalexhibit, Rockin'f the Political Boat and learn more about the women of the Second Wave of Feminism: https://bit.ly/2DDLFHr #womenshistory #womeninpolitics

Through the years, The Women’s Liberation Movement aided women in making inroads into other professional careers, sports, and the military.

09/13/2020

The Women's Museum of California is dedicated to empowering young people through stories of women's accomplishments throughout history. Check out our selection of virtual field trips for the 2020/2021 school year: https://bit.ly/33ezb1z

Hear the stories of the women who lived in the Gaslamp Quarter during the Suffrage Movement. Join us for another #womens...
09/11/2020
Ladies of the Gaslamp: Famous and Infamous

Hear the stories of the women who lived in the Gaslamp Quarter during the Suffrage Movement. Join us for another #womensvote100 program with Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House and San Diego Public Library on Saturday, September 19th on Zoom: https://bit.ly/33hACwd

Hear the stories of the women who lived in the gaslamp quarter during the Suffrage Movement.

Adopted in 1995, the U.N.’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action shaped aspirations for women’s equality in the 2...
09/10/2020
Celebrating the Accomplishments of the Beijing Conference on Women's Rights 25 Years Later - Ms. Magazine

Adopted in 1995, the U.N.’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action shaped aspirations for women’s equality in the 21st century—and no amount of resistance or repression since has been able to reverse its momentum. https://bit.ly/35qxyRq

Adopted in 1995, the U.N.’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action shaped aspirations for women’s equality in the 21st century—and no amount of resistance or repression since has been able to reverse its momentum.

The @womensmuseum is offering virtual field trips for the 2020/2021 school year! Learn more about our programs here: htt...
09/09/2020

The @womensmuseum is offering virtual field trips for the 2020/2021 school year! Learn more about our programs here: https://bit.ly/33ezb1z

After 35 years as an awarding-winning television journalist and anchor, community leader, and emcee, what is Sandra Maas...
09/09/2020
Sandra Maas talks with top female leaders - Ranch & Coast Magazine

After 35 years as an awarding-winning television journalist and anchor, community leader, and emcee, what is Sandra Maas doing for an encore? She is hosting Trailblazing Women, a video series highlighting “inspiring, visionary, and dynamic women” for the Women's Museum of California, where she now sits on the board of directors as vice president of external affairs. Maas is also blazing trails of her own. https://bit.ly/2Fh5y7M

After 35 years as an awarding-winning television journalist and anchor, community leader, and emcee, what is Sandra Maas doing for an encore?

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2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16
San Diego, CA
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The WMofC is located at Liberty Station in Barracks 16, ARTS DISTRICT LIBERTY STATION in Point Loma. The museum is open 12pm to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday with tours by appointment. Speakers and traveling exhibits are also available for community schools and organizations.

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Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(619) 233-7963

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Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the evidence of that experience. The Women's Museum of California is one of only three stand alone museums of women's history in the country.

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Hi everyone, "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." - Joan Didion During these times, let’s find a tablet, electronic or paper, and write about our feelings as we meet “the common themes of an uncommon experience.” And, add images to your daily journaling. Illuminated Journal • a tool for living more creatively and authentically. • a way to engage with the images and metaphors that guide and inform our lives. • a daily practice of self-expression. • an ongoing method of coping with daily life challenges. -Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D., Expressive Arts Institute Also, Writers, Ink, our partner at Barracks 16, offers many online classes. Please check out the list at sandiegowriters.org Be safe and start writing! Anne
Women's History: https://youtu.be/0jmkC7RjFRM Rock is loud and so are sports (I've never heard of a quiet sport). Since Ms. Aaron is female, I put two and two to four and thought why not have a recognition of women in athletics? The search, of course, was for female athletes. So yeah, it’s loud, whether it’s rock music, or athletes. All pictures were researched 1985, the year of the song. Please note that search engines can be inaccurate and images can be mistagged with the wrong year. All pictures used were in the order of the search results. I don’t discriminate; I prefer this “mixed bag” approach. The one thing that was altered, however, was the somewhat haunting chorus in the solo-bridge. You first see a picture of Lee and John Albani followed by a team that tragically passed away. The link is https://cyclones.com/news/2015/9/8/210325897.aspx for more information and you will see the picture. Obviously, a song is finite and only so many pictures can fit in, but overall, it was fun to put together.
Alice Park, suffragist, pacifist, of Palo Alto. I just saw an article authored by Melissa Jones of your organization, I believe, that gave her an incorrect birthdate. ("Alice Park was born February 2nd, 1891") No! She lived almost 100 years. Her lifespan should be more like 1862 to 1962.. Please correct the article. Thanks. Kathryn Akatiff, Palo Alto. P.S. She was AMAZING. Perhaps you mixed her up with Alice Paul????
Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote, (1920-2020) at the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, New Years Day 2020. Many great photos from this theme! Congratulations Ladies! ;) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218174678416978&set=pcb.10218174679817013&type=3&theater
Gracia was a great woman. We are all stronger for having known her.
Hi! I wanted to let you know that Friday and Saturday, Comickaze - Liberty Station - Barracks 15 next door is hosting the creator and publisher of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force comic. They wanted to create something that celebrates the fresh new energy and diversity of the stagnated legislative body, and help some good causes at the same time,” A portion of all sales will go to America’s United Service Organization (USO), and RaicesTexas.org, which provides free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees. https://www.facebook.com/events/334325290839123/
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Two great women in history to acknowledge today: SUSAN B. ANTHONY In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was tried for voting illegally, was convicted, and was fined $100, which she refused to ever pay. SUSAN LA FLESCHE PICOTTE Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American physician, was born today in 1865. Read more:
It's a beautiful day for a walk! This Saturday, June 15 at 10:30am we invite you to go beyond the walls of the Women's Museum of California and around the city in our historic walking tours which focus on women's contributions to our San Diego culture and community. Meet in downtown San Diego outside the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza for a walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter District with highlights of the women who worked to improve the lives of people in the district, and those women who helped to "clean up" the area. Sign up here:
Today, June 11th is Jeannette Rankin's Birthday. Don't know who that is? Well, No history of American representative government could properly be written without a major reference to Representative Jeannette Rankin. The Montana Republican carries the distinction of being the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. That singular event occurred in 1916. A year later, she earned a second distinction by joining 49 of her House colleagues in voting against U.S. entry into World War I. That vote destroyed her prospects for reelection in 1918. Over the next 20 years, Rankin tirelessly campaigned for world peace. In 1940, riding a tide of isolationism, she won her second term in the House. The December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor put an end to isolationism, but Rankin remained true to her anti-war beliefs, becoming the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war against Japan. THANK YOU JEANETTE RANKIN! Read more: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Jeannette_Rankin.htm
Hi, I was hoping someone could talk to me on here about the status of the museum. I tried to attend the bake-off last weekend but I guess it was cancelled and I've tried to visit twice in the last week or so and it hasn't been open during its usual times. I've tried calling and attempted to email the staff but the staff page isn't up on the website anymore. Is the museum still open?
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