Women's Museum of California

Women's Museum of California A museum dedicated to telling the stories of women both past and present. 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.

It was a beautiful sunny morning to welcome Todd Gloria and Dr. Jen Campbell to Liberty Station to hear about the new Pe...
07/12/2019

It was a beautiful sunny morning to welcome Todd Gloria and Dr. Jen Campbell to Liberty Station to hear about the new Performing Arts Center being built in the old navy building #178 with $9 million from the State of CA. Can't have too much art can we?

Good mental health is essential to overall well-being. More than 1 in 5 women in the United States experienced a mental ...
07/09/2019

Good mental health is essential to overall well-being. More than 1 in 5 women in the United States experienced a mental health condition in the past year, such as depression or anxiety. Many mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder, affect more women than men or affect women in different ways from men. Most serious mental health conditions cannot be cured. But they can be treated, so you can get better and live well.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY to hear Author, Rebecca Chamaa, present her work on surviving paranoia and schizophrenia at the #WomensMuseumofCA.
Time: 4:30 pm. In Partnership with #WritersInk Open to the community. More info: [email protected] 619 233-7963

Looking for a boost to your feminist drive?  Head over to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas on Sunday from n...
07/06/2019
LadyBrainFest

Looking for a boost to your feminist drive? Head over to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum in Encinitas on Sunday from noon to 7 pm for a full day of ALL WOMEN bands presented by #LadyBrain. Rah-rah! Check it out!
http://listenlocalradio.com/ladybrainfest

Lady Brain Presents and Listen Local bring you the first annual LADY BRAIN FEST. This 6 hour festival will take place in Encinitas at The Heritage Ranch, home of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum. It's a family and community friendly event so bring your crew! 2 stages will rotate every half hour feat...

A woman ahead of her time...Sylvia Ray Rivera, transgender activist, fought for the LGBTQ community and organized protes...
07/02/2019

A woman ahead of her time...Sylvia Ray Rivera, transgender activist, fought for the LGBTQ community and organized protests fighting for gay rights in the 1970s in New York City. Rivera, who identified as a drag queen,was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With her close friend Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color.She was born today in 1951. Here's saluting you, Sylvia!

07/02/2019
Lucy Somerville Howorth: Lawyer, Politician, and Feminist | Mississippi History Now

JULY 1: TODAY'S INSPIRING WOMEN
LUCY HOWORTH, attorney, U.S. magistrate, legislator, suffragist, was born today in 1895. She held positions in federal agencies during the 1930s and 1940s.
Read more about the great Ms. Howorth.
http://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/articles/306/lucy-somerville-howorth-lawyer-politician-and-feminist

Lucy Somerville at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, 1913. Courtesy Delta State University Archives, Lucy Somerville Howorth Collection, M103, Box 45, Folder 14.

06/28/2019
Gilda Radner on Late Night, October 3, 1983

You gotta laugh! An all time inspiring woman, GILDA RADNER, a comedian and original cast member of Saturday Night Live, was born today in 1946. Have a laugh on us. We miss you Gilda!
https://youtu.be/GpFj70mRk8o

By request: Gilda's first (of three) appearances on Late Night. Here, she promotes her book _Roseanne Roseannadanna: "Hey, Get Back to Work,"_ co-written by ...

A young visitor from Portland, Oregon was delighted to stand for women's rights and have her photo taken at the museum o...
06/25/2019

A young visitor from Portland, Oregon was delighted to stand for women's rights and have her photo taken at the museum on Sunday. Part of the enjoyment of staffing the museum on the weekends filled with tourists at Liberty Station.

Women's Museum of California's cover photo
06/22/2019

Women's Museum of California's cover photo

Part of the Heroines of the Homefront exhibit now on display at the Women's Museum of California. Did you have any Rosie...
06/22/2019

Part of the Heroines of the Homefront exhibit now on display at the Women's Museum of California. Did you have any Rosie the Riveters in your family?

Meet our new Executive Director, Jenni Prisk as she sets the scene for the 100th celebration of women's suffrage in 2020...
06/22/2019
The Women's Museum of California has a new executive director -

Meet our new Executive Director, Jenni Prisk as she sets the scene for the 100th celebration of women's suffrage in 2020. Exciting stuff!
https://www.kusi.com/the-womens-museum-of-california-has-a-new-executive-director

SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – The Women’s Museum of California brings the untold stories of remarkable women to light through original exhibits and community engagement. KUSI spoke to the museum’s new Executive Director Jenni Prisk about her vision and how the communities support is important.   Categ...

Clara Lemlich, a 23-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, ignited the spark that set off the famous Uprising of the Twenty Thous...
06/07/2019

Clara Lemlich, a 23-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, ignited the spark that set off the famous Uprising of the Twenty Thousand on November 22, 1909, the largest strike by women to date in American history. Born in 1886 in Gorodok, Ukraine to Jewish parents, Lemlich’s family fled Ukraine due to poverty and the rising anti-Jewish violence and in 1903, found home and work in the United States. Like many young Jewish and Italian immigrant girls, Lemlich found work in the textile-manufacturing workforce in a Lower East Side garment shop only two weeks after arriving in New York. Appalled by the working conditions that she says reduced workers “to the status of machines” – with women working 11 hours a day, six days a week, for starting pay of $3 a week – Lemlich joined the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), a new organization in the fight for workers' rights. There, Lemlich led picket lines, wrote opinion pieces, and organized strikes to improve factory conditions.

In November 1909, Lemlich decide to ignite the long-awaited strike that proved revolutionary to the industrial labor reform. Insisting she be allowed to address a strike meeting at New York’s Cooper Union, she said: “I am one of those who suffers from the abuses described here, and I move that we go on a general strike.” After a prolonged approval from thirty to forty thousand predominantly Jewish immigrant women garment workers, Lemlich and the thousands walked off their jobs and stood in the streets of New York to protest wages and working conditions for over two months. The strike ended in February 1910 when workers were finally given better pay and shorter hours. Lemlich had not only started a protest but had also instigated a worker’s revolution that transformed the culture of the industrial worker.

Between 70 and 80 percent of social media workers self-identify as women and they are routinely undervalued for the work...
06/06/2019
How Social Media Became a Pink-Collar Job

Between 70 and 80 percent of social media workers self-identify as women and they are routinely undervalued for the work they do. Social media managers are the unnamed ghost-tweeters responsible for upholding a brand’s social persona and public reputation. They work around the clock as the behind-the-screens labor that propels our digital economy forward: http://bit.ly/2Wf59oV

When companies ask for sociable, flexible, compassionate workers, they’re silently signaling women to sign on to an undervalued job that powers the digital economy.

Today, 100 years ago, Congress sent the #19thamendment to the states for ratification. Explore the history of the suffra...
06/04/2019
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Today, 100 years ago, Congress sent the #19thamendment to the states for ratification. Explore the history of the suffrage movement with our digital timeline: http://bit.ly/2Dim7gt #19thAt100 #womensvote100

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory The U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guar...
06/04/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory The U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sent it to the U.S. states for ratification.

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory lawyer Patricia Roberts Harris was born. Harris was the first African-American woman to hol...
05/31/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory lawyer Patricia Roberts Harris was born. Harris was the first African-American woman to hold a Cabinet position, serve as an Ambassador, and head a law school.

#OnthisDay in #WomensHistory in 1943 The Saturday Evening Post placed Norman Rockwell's painting of "Rosie the Riveter" ...
05/29/2019

#OnthisDay in #WomensHistory in 1943 The Saturday Evening Post placed Norman Rockwell's painting of "Rosie the Riveter" on its cover. Today it is often confused with J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!" poster (which wasn't well known during the war). Rockwell's painting was used by the US Treasury Department to sell war bonds. The model for Rosie was 19 year old Mary Doyle Keefe who was a phone operator, not a riveter. Keefe died at in 2015 at the age of 92.

Mary Ellen Pleasent was a legendary woman of influence and political power in the California Gold Rush era, standing up ...
05/28/2019
Mother of Civil Rights in California

Mary Ellen Pleasent was a legendary woman of influence and political power in the California Gold Rush era, standing up to authority and challenging society’s norms in a time it was unheard of, especially for a woman, let alone a biracial woman. http://bit.ly/2xVQ1nc

Mary Ellen Pleasent was a legendary woman of influence and political power in the California Gold Rush era, standing up to authority and challenging society’s norms in a time it was unheard of, esp…

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
05/24/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.

“Heroines on the Home Front” chronicles the experiences and expectations of American Women during World War II and t...
05/23/2019
Heroines on the Home Front Exhibit Preview

“Heroines on the Home Front” chronicles the experiences and expectations of American Women during World War II and the various opportunities for heroic behavior. Don't miss a special preview of our new summer exhibit. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2LKW6fw

See an exclusive preview of our next exhibit, Heroines on the Home Front. This exhibit celebrates the women who gave their time and energy to support the war effort in the 1940s.

During World War I, over 7,000 women applied to be part of Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit but only 450 wom...
05/22/2019

During World War I, over 7,000 women applied to be part of Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit but only 450 women were accepted. The unit was nicknamed the "Hello Girls" and they operated telephone exchanges in France and England. Despite the fact that they wore U.S. Army Uniforms and were subject to Army Regulations they were considered "civilians" employed by the military. It wasn't until 1978, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War I, did the United States Congress approve Veteran Status for the "Hello Girls".

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight ac...
05/20/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.

A new survey commissioned by HuffPost, Yahoo and CARE found that millennial women are more likely than their older count...
05/19/2019
Millennials Grew Up Seeing Powerful Women -- And Now They Want More

A new survey commissioned by HuffPost, Yahoo and CARE found that millennial women are more likely than their older counterparts to see bias against powerful women, as well as to want to see more women in positions of power. http://bit.ly/2LSBFNI

Women under 40 are more likely to have grown up with empowering female role models. They’re also more likely to see bias against powerful women.

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Jackie Cochran became the first female pilot to break the sound barrier.
05/18/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Jackie Cochran became the first female pilot to break the sound barrier.

Join the Women's Museum of California on June 6th for a special preview of our summer exhibit, Heroines on the Home Fron...
05/17/2019
Heroines on the Home Front Exhibit Preview

Join the Women's Museum of California on June 6th for a special preview of our summer exhibit, Heroines on the Home Front: http://bit.ly/2LKW6fw

See an exclusive preview of our next exhibit, Heroines on the Home Front. This exhibit celebrates the women who gave their time and energy to support the war effort in the 1940s.

Get to know Clara Foltz, the first woman to join the California Bar, the first person to author a bill separating juveni...
05/15/2019
First in Their Field: Clara Shortridge Foltz

Get to know Clara Foltz, the first woman to join the California Bar, the first person to author a bill separating juvenile and adult offenders in California’s prisons, and one of the first people in the United States to argue for a public defender’s office. http://bit.ly/2VZsJdv

“No one should buy justice in a land that boasts that justice is free”

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association...
05/15/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association.

Some women viewed handbags as a poor alternative to pockets. Early American feminists, in particular, fought the loss of...
05/14/2019
Museum Tours | Women's Museum of Californiam

Some women viewed handbags as a poor alternative to pockets. Early American feminists, in particular, fought the loss of pockets for women. They believed handbags would never be as practical as pockets and advocated for functional pockets built into women’s garments like pockets were for men. For these women, pockets for men and handbags for women became symbolic of the inequality between the sexes and the struggle for women’s equal rights, much in the way later feminists would view the bra.

Learn more about the history of the handbag when you book a tour of the Women's Museum of California this month: http://bit.ly/2IFu0NB

Book a tour of the Women's Museum of California

It is time for us to upgrade our history by telling stories of women both extraordinary and ordinary from the past. By s...
05/13/2019

It is time for us to upgrade our history by telling stories of women both extraordinary and ordinary from the past. By sharing the hidden histories of women’s experiences we combat the limits society places on women and recognize that despite the inequalities that women face across centuries they have become inventors, politicians, activists, artists, and military heroes. Today, you can bring these heroes to light by Giving the Gift of Herstory. When you donate to the Women’s Museum of California you help fund educational programs that increase the visibility of women’s accomplishments throughout history. #GiveHerstory today: http://bit.ly/2ufZ9Bt

Happy #MothersDay!
05/12/2019

Happy #MothersDay!

Join the Women's Museum of California next month for a vintage bake-off! Sample desserts from the competition participan...
05/11/2019
Vintage Bake Off

Join the Women's Museum of California next month for a vintage bake-off! Sample desserts from the competition participants and then vote for your favorite to win a Women's Museum of California apron. http://bit.ly/2VSIra9

Kick off the summer at the Women's Museum of California by joining us for a vintage bake-off. Sample desserts from the competition participants and then vote for your favorite to win a Women's Museum of California apron. Enjoy a pop-up exhibit of vintage cookbooks and kitchenware from the Women's Mu...

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Victoria Woodhull become the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
05/10/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Victoria Woodhull become the first woman nominated for President of the United States.

In the years prior to the Civil War, public healthcare for women and children, especially pre and postnatal care, was se...
05/09/2019
The Radical Origins of Mother’s Day

In the years prior to the Civil War, public healthcare for women and children, especially pre and postnatal care, was severely lacking across the United States. There was also a great divide in the country due to opposing social sentiments and people who were once neighbors were now at odds. Enter Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, a wife and mother living in the area that is now West Virginia. Jarvis, like many other women in the 1850s, would give birth to a total of twelve children and would only watch four of them grow to adulthood as a result of deadly disease. http://bit.ly/2SGWWsf

Mother’s Day was originally started as an anti-war movement in the 1800s.

Here at the Women’s Museum, we want to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage in a major way. However, we cannot do i...
05/08/2019
Celebrate Women’s History With Us!

Here at the Women’s Museum, we want to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage in a major way. However, we cannot do it without the generous contributions of members just like you! http://bit.ly/2LwPXDL

As we get closer to the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States there is no better time to become a member of the Women’s Museum of California.

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney was born. Mahoney was the first African American to study and work...
05/07/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney was born. Mahoney was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States. In 1908 she co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses to "advance the standards and best interests of trained nurses, to break down discrimination in the nursing profession, and to develop leadership within the ranks of black nurses.”

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Mary Dixon Kies became the first woman to receive a patent for her innovative technique of ...
05/05/2019

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Mary Dixon Kies became the first woman to receive a patent for her innovative technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. Not only was she responsible for the creation of this cost-effective technique for making work bonnets, but she was also accountable for bolstering the failing New England hat economy, a result of the Embargo Act of 1807. Dolley Madison, First Lady and wife to President James Madison, honored Kies for her work.

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The WMofC is located at Liberty Station in Barracks 16 (across from ACE Hardware). 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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