Women's Museum of California

Women's Museum of California A museum dedicated to sharing the stories of diverse women in history and today.
(80)

The Women's Museum of California is honored to announce that we've been selected as one of The Conrad Prebys Foundation'...
12/05/2023

The Women's Museum of California is honored to announce that we've been selected as one of The Conrad Prebys Foundation's latest grant recipients. Along with the 147 grantees, we share a vision to build a San Diego where everyone has purpose; opportunity, and feels like they belong. Thank you Prebys Foundation for your support!

Don't forget to join us this Wednesday for a women-owned business sip and shop! Support local businesses and the Women's...
12/04/2023

Don't forget to join us this Wednesday for a women-owned business sip and shop! Support local businesses and the Women's Museum of California in the same evening!

Ready to start your holiday shopping? Join us on December 6 at Parravi Jewelry for a Women-Owned Business sip and shop! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Museum of California!

In the coming year, we plan to build upon our exceptional programs in order to provide more opportunities to learn about...
11/28/2023

In the coming year, we plan to build upon our exceptional programs in order to provide more opportunities to learn about women who paved the way in the past and who work today to improve women's lives today and tomorrow. Your support means that together we will increase the visibility of women’s accomplishments and have a lasting, positive impact on our communities. https://www.womensmuseumca.org/donate

Ready to start your holiday shopping? Join us on December 6 at Parravi Jewelry for a Women-Owned Business sip and shop! ...
11/25/2023

Ready to start your holiday shopping? Join us on December 6 at Parravi Jewelry for a Women-Owned Business sip and shop! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Museum of California!

In 1909 Thanksgiving dinner was delayed in Chicago when women went to go see British suffragists, including Emiline Pank...
11/23/2023

In 1909 Thanksgiving dinner was delayed in Chicago when women went to go see British suffragists, including Emiline Pankhurst, speak in the windy city.

In 1909 Lyda Conley became the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the Unit...
11/21/2023

In 1909 Lyda Conley became the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 1909 Lyda Conley became the first Native American woman admitted to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester.Rita was a ...
11/20/2023

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester.

Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in her native Boston, MA where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. On Saturday, Nov. 28, Rita was stabbed 20 times in her apartment. A neighbor called the police, and Rita was rushed to the hospital. She passed away from cardiac arrest only moments after being admitted. Almost two decades later, police still have not found Rita’s murderer (or murderers). In 1999, one year after Rita’s murder, advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith coordinated a vigil in Rita’s honor.

The vigil commemorated not only Rita, but all who were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Today we remember those who were lost because of violence.

11/19/2023
Get to know some of the notable women of San Diego's infamous Stingaree district:
11/13/2023

Get to know some of the notable women of San Diego's infamous Stingaree district:

Get to know notable women who lived in the district, women who helped improve the lives of people living in the district, and those women who helped to “clean up” the district.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a soldier, physician, and prisoner of war who served as a surgeon in the American Civil War....
11/11/2023

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a soldier, physician, and prisoner of war who served as a surgeon in the American Civil War. Dr. Walker is remembered as one of the bravest on the battlefield for crossing into enemy lines to tend to suffering inhabitants when others refused. On November 11, 1865, Dr. Walker was honored as the first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at  last night for our latest happy hour and craft night event!
11/10/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last night for our latest happy hour and craft night event!

More than 300 years after the Salem witch trials, a class of middle schoolers helped exonerate the sole remaining woman ...
11/06/2023

More than 300 years after the Salem witch trials, a class of middle schoolers helped exonerate the sole remaining woman legally classified as a witch.

After the Salem witch trials, students helped exonerate the sole remaining woman classified as a witch: Elizabeth Johnson Jr.

Susan La Flesche graduated medical school as valedictorian of her class and could suture wounds, deliver babies and trea...
11/01/2023

Susan La Flesche graduated medical school as valedictorian of her class and could suture wounds, deliver babies and treat tuberculosis. But as a woman, she could not vote—and as an Indian, she could not call herself a citizen under American law.

With few rights as a woman and as an Indian, the pioneering doctor provided valuable health care and resources to her Omaha community

American librarian, Ruth Edna Kelly’s The Book Of Halloween, published in 1919 is the first book-length historical accou...
10/28/2023

American librarian, Ruth Edna Kelly’s The Book Of Halloween, published in 1919 is the first book-length historical account of the holiday. In the book, she writes about games and traditions associated with Halloween, including mirror games played by young girls. One mirror game a girl would position herself so that she would be able to see the moon in the glass and count the number of reflections she saw to find out how many good things would happen to her over the next year.

Another mirror game mentioned in Kelly’s book involved a girl who, when looking at a mirror at midnight while brushing her hair and eating an apple, will see the face of the man who would be her husband. As she looked in the mirror the girl would recite ““round and round, oh star so fair, you travel and search out everywhere. I pray you sweet stars now show to me this night who my future husband shall be.”

Other Halloween matchmaking activities involved young women tossing apple peels over their shoulder and the shape that the peels fell in would be the initials of their future husband or looking at egg yolks in bowls of water.

For 15 months we welcomed community groups, students, and Girl Scout troops to experience our   exhibit and participate ...
10/26/2023

For 15 months we welcomed community groups, students, and Girl Scout troops to experience our exhibit and participate in workshops. By celebrating craftwork as a tool of artistic and political expression, and not only as a private act of women’s labor, this exhibit allowed us to understand how impactful women have been in our society.

Stay tuned for our next exhibit and series of workshops in 2024! You can play an important role in supporting our workshops and providing affordable access for youth groups and school children by becoming a member of the Women's Museum of California: https://www.womensmuseumca.org/membership

Given that the 50th anniversary of The Way We Were is also the anniversary of Ms. magazine and a high point in the women...
10/23/2023

Given that the 50th anniversary of The Way We Were is also the anniversary of Ms. magazine and a high point in the women’s liberation movement, it is worth considering what it means that in 1973, a successful female author could be recast in an iconic and beloved film as a woman willing to give up her ambitions to get the hunky guy.

The Way We Were screenwriter Arthur Laurents drew on memories of classmate Eva Moskovitz, who became the successful author Eve Merriam.

With textile factories turning out large quantities of cloth, the second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a revo...
10/17/2023

With textile factories turning out large quantities of cloth, the second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in clothing production.

With textile factories turning out large quantities of cloth, the second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in clothing production.

"We are delighted to partner once again with Tonya Mantooth and the San Diego International Film Festival to shine the s...
10/15/2023

"We are delighted to partner once again with Tonya Mantooth and the San Diego International Film Festival to shine the spotlight on relevant, groundbreaking, empowering stories that share the triumphs and challenges facing women in 2023. Curating films that amplify the stories and voices of women and promote diversity and gender equality, is not only a thrill, but brings with it the possibility of improving the lives of women everywhere."

— Sandra Maas, Board President of the Women's Museum of California

Don’t miss out on the chance to watch these special films featuring female filmmakers plus in the FEST LOUNGE we’ll be hosting the Festival’s Unstoppable Women’s Panel. Check out these Films and Events on the Festival Calendar and buy your Pass or Ticket to attend!

The San Diego International Film Festival presents the ‘Women’s Film Series’ in partnership with the Women’s Museum of California.Don’t miss out on the chance to watch these special films featuring female filmmakers plus in the FEST LOUNGE we’ll be hosting the Festival’s Unstoppable Wo...

Join the Women's Museum of California at the San Diego International Film Festival next weekend for a celebration of wom...
10/12/2023

Join the Women's Museum of California at the San Diego International Film Festival next weekend for a celebration of women in film!

Discover powerful stories, unique perspectives, and unstoppable talent with our 'Women's Film Series'. Don't miss out on curated screenings by amazing female filmmakers and our inspiring 'Unstoppable Women' panel discussion.

Get your festival passes today: https://sdfilmfest.com/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers/

Today is   Day! Did you know that less than 2% of charitable donations go to organizations that support women and girls?...
10/11/2023

Today is Day! Did you know that less than 2% of charitable donations go to organizations that support women and girls? Join us this evening to support the Women's Museum of California with our Women in Wine Making event at Barrel & Board. Let's toast to breaking barriers and celebrating the remarkable women who shape our future! 🌟✨⁠ https://lnkd.in/e3GrKjiC

Can't make it to our fundraiser tonight? You can be part of preserving the past and inspiring the future by making a donation to the Women's Museum on our website: https://www.womensmuseumca.org/donate

On October 10, 1911, California became the 6th state in the union to grant women the right to vote with the passage of P...
10/10/2023

On October 10, 1911, California became the 6th state in the union to grant women the right to vote with the passage of Proposition 4.

The campaign for California women’s suffrage was an effort that was organized up and down the state. African American women advocated for the vote since the 1890s and women’s clubs in Alameda County played a crucial role as leaders in the movement. Latina Suffragists served as translators and organizers, especially in southern California. To promote the cause suffragists passed around posters, buttons, and leaflets. In Southern California alone they distributed over 90,000 “Votes for Women” buttons.

“The central figure in the seal of California is the presiding goddess of that state… But the constitution limits the franchise and thus makes outlaws of all the noble women who endured…

Did you know that less than 2% of total charitable giving goes to women’s and girls’ organizations? Join us in celebrati...
10/09/2023

Did you know that less than 2% of total charitable giving goes to women’s and girls’ organizations? Join us in celebrating Day this Wednesday, October 11 by donating to support our work to combat the limits society places on women and girls by sharing the hidden histories of women’s experiences: https://give-usa.keela.co/wmc-donation

Nominate a woman who's breaking barriers and leaving a lasting legacy in San Diego County!  We're searching for trailbla...
10/05/2023

Nominate a woman who's breaking barriers and leaving a lasting legacy in San Diego County! We're searching for trailblazers, visionaries, and change-makers who have made incredible contributions to our community. Help us recognize their extraordinary achievements and inspire generations to come. https://www.sandiegowomenshalloffame.com/nominate

Join the Women's Museum of California the San Diego International Film Festival for a celebration of women in film!Disco...
10/02/2023

Join the Women's Museum of California the San Diego International Film Festival for a celebration of women in film!

Discover powerful stories, unique perspectives, and unstoppable talent with our 'Women's Film Series' in partnership. Don't miss out on curated screenings by amazing female filmmakers and our inspiring 'Unstoppable Women' panel discussion.

Learn more and get tickets at https://sdfilmfest.com/spotlight-on-women-filmmakers/

**Use code 23wmc15 for 15% off your ticket purchase!**

Sen. Dianne Feinstein—the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San ...
09/29/2023

Sen. Dianne Feinstein—the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, and one of two of the first women elected to the U.S. Senate from California—died on Thursday, Sept. 28. She was 90 years old.

Feminist Dianne Feinstein, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, and one of two of the first women elected to the Senate from California, died.

“How can young women really see their value if they don’t see their place in history?”That’s the question Kristen Kelly,...
09/28/2023

“How can young women really see their value if they don’t see their place in history?”

That’s the question Kristen Kelly, a teacher at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, California, asked herself a decade ago after struggling to find a high school textbook that meaningfully engaged women’s contributions to history.

They’ve collected nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition to the College Board as course offerings increase.

"By promoting movies that exemplify strong, fierce and powerful women we are allowing other women and especially young g...
09/26/2023

"By promoting movies that exemplify strong, fierce and powerful women we are allowing other women and especially young girls to see themselves in a stronger light than what society too often projects. " The Women's Museum of California is excited to partner with the San Diego International Film Festival again for our series:

San Diego Intl Film Festival & Women’s Museum of California Unite to support Women-Led Films The San Diego International Film Festival has a mission to help women’s voices be heard, recognized, and respected. Film is ingrained in our society and has the potential, as we know, to share stories fr...

"Season’s Greetings to all and to all Equal Rights"What's on your holiday wish list this year?Button from the Women's Mu...
12/21/2022

"Season’s Greetings to all and to all Equal Rights"

What's on your holiday wish list this year?

Button from the Women's Museum of California feminist button collection.

While this new era for our organization is just beginning, I am sad to share that my tenure with the Museum is ending. A...
12/20/2022

While this new era for our organization is just beginning, I am sad to share that my tenure with the Museum is ending. As I complete my three-year contract on December 31 and step down from my role as Executive Director, I leave with a full heart – satisfied with all I helped accomplish and ready for my next big adventure.

Standing at the start of our 40th anniversary, I look forward to witnessing how the Museum will continue to lead in the march toward women’s equality. I intend to stay connected to the Museum in meaningful ways and be a part of its bright future. So, I say goodbye for now, but never farewell.

When I joined the Museum in 2020 as Executive Director, I knew that reinventing a cultural institution like ours, with cherished traditions and a long history of community service, would be challen…

Women came from all over the country to work on assembly lines of defense production plants in San Diego, including Paci...
12/19/2022

Women came from all over the country to work on assembly lines of defense production plants in San Diego, including Pacific Parachute Company and Convair. Nationally, women made up 65% of the aircraft industry’s workforce during World War II:

This exhibit celebrates the women who gave their time and energy to support the war effort in the 1940s.

In 2023 the Women's Museum of California will celebrate 40 years of inspiring and educating generations on the contribut...
12/16/2022

In 2023 the Women's Museum of California will celebrate 40 years of inspiring and educating generations on the contributions of diverse women. Be a part of this milestone year and help us continue preserving by becoming a WMC member today:

Join or renew your WMC membership today and enjoy exclusive benefits and support daily operations.

It's not too late to nominate a   woman to be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame! You have until December 31 to get ...
12/15/2022

It's not too late to nominate a woman to be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame! You have until December 31 to get your nominations in. Help us celebrate outstanding women who have made a difference:

Nominate a woman who has made a positive impact in San Diego

Book an interactive experience for your class, club, or organization at the Women's Museum of California!Led by trained ...
12/14/2022

Book an interactive experience for your class, club, or organization at the Women's Museum of California!

Led by trained WMC staff, our docent tours and interactive workshops educate and inspire people of all ages on the contributions and accomplishments of diverse women throughout history and today.

Visit the Women's Museum of California Education Center by booking a group visit for your class, community group, or organization.

12/13/2022

Join us for our lunch time conversation with artist/activist Desiree Aspiras

12/13/2022

Join the Women’s Museum of California for a virtual lunchtime lecture on December 13 featuring artist/activist Desiree Aspires.

Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a pioneering Black feminist, child welfare advocate and lifelong community activist who toured th...
12/13/2022

Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a pioneering Black feminist, child welfare advocate and lifelong community activist who toured the country speaking with Gloria Steinem in the 1970s and appears with her in one of the most iconic photos of the second-wave feminist movement, has died. She was 84.

NEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a pioneering Black feminist, child welfare advocate and lifelong community activist who toured the country speaking with Gloria Steinem in the 1970s and appears with her in one of the most iconic photos of the second-wave feminist movement, has died.

Don't miss our lunchtime talk with Desiree Aspiras tomorrow about her organization Printmakers Against Racism. You must ...
12/12/2022

Don't miss our lunchtime talk with Desiree Aspiras tomorrow about her organization Printmakers Against Racism. You must register in advance for the Zoom link:

Join the Women’s Museum of California for a virtual lunchtime lecture on December 13 featuring artist/activist Desiree Aspiras .

“When we activate that creative piece, it kind of opens up new ideas and alternatives for us and what we might be willin...
12/11/2022

“When we activate that creative piece, it kind of opens up new ideas and alternatives for us and what we might be willing to do or try, so I’ll be talking about art as a tool to connect us to what’s meaningful to us and to explore and to express. Whether that’s to express pieces of who we are, or to express dissent or outrage, or incredible grief; all these deep emotions and responses to these really difficult things that are happening in our world, art has the capacity to hold all of that.” https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/columnists/story/2022-12-11/san-diego-therapist-and-artist-wanted-to-do-more-for-social-change-founded-printmakers-against-racism

Don’t miss our artist talk with Desiree Aspiras this Tuesday to learn more about her work contracting art and activism: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-with-desiree-aspiras-tickets-469218173187

Desiree Aspiras is the founder of Printmakers Against Racism, a project she started in 2020, raising money for social justice causes

Address

404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA
92114

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Women's Museum of California posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Women's Museum of California:

Videos

Share

Category

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

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.