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. MUSEUM & STORE HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
The Women's Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983 as the Women's History Reclamation Project. 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.
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#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles on horseback in the middle of the night to w...
04/26/2020

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles on horseback in the middle of the night to warn the American militia that the British were invading.

While we remain physically distant right now we are not socially distant. Tag us in your favorite @womensmuseum memories...
04/25/2020

While we remain physically distant right now we are not socially distant. Tag us in your favorite @womensmuseum memories as we continue to empower future generations through the stories of women past and present.
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In 2020 we will be celebrating 100 years since Women got the right to vote. (Let that process for a bit)
Here’s to the majority ✊🏼 #womenempowerment #womenshistory #herstory #suffrage #womensvote #neverthelessshepersisted #girlpower #feminist

The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Women's Museum of California are celebrating a century of female achievement in San ...
04/24/2020
Phenomenal San Diego women in medicine and health

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.

As the world struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, the first installment of this series pays tribute to pioneering female doctors, nurses and healers who played pivotal roles in keeping San Diego healthy and thriving.https://bit.ly/2x5aIjh

San Diego's female medicine and health pioneers

Today, for #WorldBookDay, we'd like to share with you some of our books that can be found in our archives. What is your ...
04/23/2020

Today, for #WorldBookDay, we'd like to share with you some of our books that can be found in our archives. What is your favorite book written by a woman?

On the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay we are looking back at the women who made an impact in protecting and promoting our...
04/22/2020

On the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay we are looking back at the women who made an impact in protecting and promoting our environment.

Katherine Olivia Sessions graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1881 with a telling graduation essay: "The Natural Sciences as a Field for Women's Labor." She came to San Diego to teach, but then began a series of business ventures beginning with the San Diego Nursery and continuing with several additional nurseries in the San Diego area. She gained a reputation, both statewide and nationally, for her horticultural expertise, particularly landscaping, plant introductions and classes. She published numerous articles, helped found the San Diego Floral Association in 1906, and was appointed supervisor and teacher of agriculture and landscapes for city schools in 1915. Sessions’ experiments with plant introductions won her the 1939 Frank N. Meyer medal from the American Genetic Association—the first woman to receive this prestigious award. However, San Diegans, past, present and future, owe a true debt to Sessions for her creation of Balboa Park.

She leased land in 1892 for a nursery in “City Park,” where she began planting 100 trees a year. She also planted at least 300 more throughout the City. She helped create a Park Improvement Committee to ensure the long-term survival of her landscaping. The Tijuana Tipu tree planted by Kate Sessions at the site of her nursery at Garnet and Pico in Pacific Beach is now a California Registered Historical Landmark. The bronze statue of Kate Sessions guarding the entrance to Balboa Park at the Laurel Street Bridge is the only full sculpture in the City dedicated to a real-life woman, the “Mother of Balboa Park.” #EarthDay50

On the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay we are looking back at the women who made an impact in protecting and promoting our...
04/22/2020

On the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay we are looking back at the women who made an impact in protecting and promoting our environment.

Today we honor marine biologist and conservationist #RachelCarson whose writings, including the book Silent Spring is credited with ushering in the Environmental Movement. Carson's work on exposing the dangers of chemicals and pesticides led to led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and inspired the grassroots movement that led to the creation of the EPA. After she died, Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. #EarthDay50

Women's Museum of California's cover photo
04/21/2020

Women's Museum of California's cover photo

04/18/2020

So happy to have Sandra Maas on the Women's Museum Board of Directors bringing her extensive knowledge of San Diego and her passion for women's equality.

04/18/2020
Sandra Maas message

Sandra Maas, our newest Board Member speaks on behalf of the Women's Museum.

While we are all trying to stay optimistic during this most difficult time, we must not forget those whose already chall...
04/14/2020
The Representation Project - Challenging Gender Stereotypes Through Film

While we are all trying to stay optimistic during this most difficult time, we must not forget those whose already challenges lives are even more challenging during the shut down. This is a good time to remember that April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. If you or anyone you know needs help, please reach out to them and perhaps direct them to this site for some assistance. Sisters helping sisters.

http://therepresentationproject.org/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=http%3A%2F%2Fd31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net%2F20200414%2Fd6%2F83%2F82%2F5a%2Fcbea5117200a8d4111145a92_1220x598.jpg&utm_campaign=Weekly-Action-4%2F14%2F2020

Using film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, we inspire individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes & shift norms

04/13/2020
When I Grow Up by Sherehe Hollins

Sherehe Hollins is an award-winning San Diego writer, illustrator, photographer and educator. For over 20 years she has designed, as well as implemented arts-based programs that help youth and adults develop leadership, cultural competency, and community building skills. Sherehe is the author, illustrator, and photographer of Heart Love Messages of the Soul, which won the San Diego Book Award for “Best Poetry Book” of the year. Her work is designed to help bridge, heal, and empower multicultural communities. Through innovative works of art and education programs, Sherehe is committed to fostering understanding, cultivating awareness, and bridging the human family.

Oftentimes as adults we are asked, "What words of wisdom would we give to our younger selves?". I believe that although wisdom, knowledge and truth evolve, t...

04/08/2020
Margaret E. Burbidge, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2003

E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100
She was denied access to a telescope because of her sex, but Dr. Burbidge forged ahead anyway, going on to make path breaking discoveries about the cosmos. She was inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame in 2003. She joined the University of California, San Diego, in the early 1960s and went on to become the first director of its Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. At her death, she was university professor emeritus there. It was a honor to have met her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu126S7iRBg

E. Margaret Burbidge, Ph, D. entered the field of astronomy in the 1940s when it had virtually no women, and she worked to become world renown for her work o...

04/07/2020
Ruth Asawa, Untitled | Modernisms 1900-1980 | Arts and humanities | Khan Academy

Some Good News: Ruth Asawa Stamps are Coming

The stamps honor the work of the late, beloved San Francisco-based Asawa, a Japanese American artist whose fountains adorn the city and whose detailed wire sculptures have become an instantly recognizable emblem of her long, varied career.

The 20 stamps in the set showcase Asawa's wire sculptures, with a 1954 Life magazine photograph of Asawa in the margin of the set.

Discover more about this talented California women here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv4WGBgVZ-c&list=TLPQMDcwNDIwMjDM757Teo6RzQ&index=1

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, c. 1958, iron wire, 219.7 × 81.3 × 81.3 cm Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Speakers: Allison Glenn and Beth Harris.

04/06/2020
2020 was off to a great start with a multitude of events, program, and celebrations but has stalled in the light of the ...
03/31/2020
Celebrating Community: 2020 marks 100th anniversary of women's right to vote

2020 was off to a great start with a multitude of events, program, and celebrations but has stalled in the light of the C-Virus. Channel 10 paid attention earlier this year. Revisit that story right here: https://www.10news.com/news/celebrating-community/celebrating-community-2020-marks-100th-anniversary-of-womens-right-to-vote

It was a struggle that paved the way for American women today, giving those forced to be silent, a voice: the right to vote.

Here's a great project to which we can all contribute.  Every community has old historic homes, parks, organizations bui...
03/29/2020
Help us discover 1,000 places where American women made history. | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Here's a great project to which we can all contribute. Every community has old historic homes, parks, organizations built by or founded by women. Have a look and get involved. https://savingplaces.org/where-women-made-history?fbclid=IwAR3ZoQqYskM7mAFGBcXFEx7AR18uL14jiM1jWWj21CZxDz9NurQ1NLD7ZFQ#.XinLDNaIaEd

Tell us where women made history by sharing a photo and short description of a place the world should know about.

03/29/2020

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.” In the future, we will want to read about our feelings and thoughts during the coronavirus crisis. Judith Greer Essex, Ph.D., Expressive Arts Institute,
suggests that we add images to our daily journaling, our 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.

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

When this organization became the Women's Museum of California we spent some time discovering the women who helped build...
03/26/2020
Notable Women of California | Women's Museum

When this organization became the Women's Museum of California we spent some time discovering the women who helped build this great state. We discovered many worthy of mention. Some became a book entitled : "Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present" by Hannah Cohen and Dr. Gloria Harris, available in the Museum Store and online. Some of these stories can be seen here: http://www.womensmuseumca.org/notable-women-of-california

Get to know notable women of California history.

Keeping an eye on the women of the world and how we are working in the frontlines against Covid-19.  70% of healthcare w...
03/24/2020
Paying attention to women’s needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response

Keeping an eye on the women of the world and how we are working in the frontlines against Covid-19. 70% of healthcare workers are women. Read on: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2020/3/news-womens-needs-and-leadership-in-covid-19-response

A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as

Hey?  Is voting still on your mind?  Remember that?  Here's a tidbit that was newly unearthed and is getting some air: D...
03/20/2020
Did You Know: Women and African Americans Could Vote in NJ before the 15th and 19th Amendments? (U.S. National Park Service)

Hey? Is voting still on your mind? Remember that? Here's a tidbit that was newly unearthed and is getting some air: Did You Know: Women and African Americans Could Vote in NJ before the 15th and 19th Amendments?

Thank you National Park Service for all you do including keeping our history. https://www.nps.gov/articles/voting-rights-in-nj-before-the-15th-and-19th.htm

Did you know that some women and African Americans won and lost the right to vote before the 15th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution became law? Case Study: New Jersey The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, but some New Jersey women could vote as early as 1776. New Jersey’s first co...

Women's Museum of California's cover photo
03/20/2020

Women's Museum of California's cover photo

We will be keeping the Museum Gallery and Store closed through the rest of March in light of virus concerns.  This means...
03/16/2020
Women’s Museum of California

We will be keeping the Museum Gallery and Store closed through the rest of March in light of virus concerns. This means all Events scheduled for March will be rescheduled.

We do, however, maintain an active DIGITAL MUSEUM where you can access women's stories, history, blogs, and biographies. You will find it at https://womensmuseum.wordpress.com/

If you have a women focused item you would like to share or know more about, simply let us know on FB Messenger. We will miss seeing you in person but know all this will pass. Stay healthy.

Women's views Women's news

I find this shocking and surprising!  What about you?
03/13/2020
Men are not the only ones biased against women, UN study finds

I find this shocking and surprising! What about you?

Even amid the push for global gender equality, sexist attitudes continue to undermine progress — and what's more, almost all of us are guilty of that, according to the United Nations' new report.

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03/12/2020

Women's Museum of California's cover photo

We are so happy to be inducting the two women responsible for founding the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame 20 years ago. ...
03/05/2020
Alumni Stories | Sue Gonda and Olivia Puentes-Reynolds

We are so happy to be inducting the two women responsible for founding the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame 20 years ago. We must not let these kinds of contributions to our community be forgotten. Read all about Dr. Sue Gonda and Olivia Puentes Reynolds. Then come to the event as they are inducted on March 15. https://cal.sdsu.edu/our-alumni/stories/gonda-and-reynolds

When Sue Gonda talks about the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame, her voice echoes the enthusiasm of a mother speaking about her firstborn. Gonda and Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, with others, developed the annual Hall of Fame event and celebrated the first inductees 18 years ago.

Welcome to March...Women’s History Month, of special importance this year as we celebrate 100 years since women in the U...
03/01/2020
Women's History Month

Welcome to March...Women’s History Month, of special importance this year as we celebrate 100 years since women in the US won their rightful place as full citizens. This year will be filled with inspirational and educational events and programs to honor this history. Hope you will join us. Stay in touch here and at #womensmuseumca.org

Read on: https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month

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OVO | Touring Show | Cirque du Soleil
02/28/2020
OVO | Touring Show | Cirque du Soleil

OVO | Touring Show | Cirque du Soleil

Buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil's touring show OVO, information on performance schedules, prices & details.

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02/17/2020

Women's Museum of California's cover photo

02/15/2020
Susan B. Anthony - Abolitionist | Mini Bio | BIO

Happy 200th Birthday to Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. The mother of the 19th Amendment, which she never lived to see, she understood the need for women to have a say in making the laws of the land by having the "power of the ballot box". “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” (Billie Jean King) See her full story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-suAlXQhMI

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 to March 13, 1906), better known as Susan B. Anthony, was an American writer, lecturer and abolitionist who was a l...

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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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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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