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.

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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"If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." - Abigail Adams Download our free...
05/06/2021

"If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." - Abigail Adams

Download our free "Founding Mothers of America" poster on our website: https://bit.ly/3up7orN

"If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." - Abigail Adams

Download our free "Founding Mothers of America" poster on our website: https://bit.ly/3up7orN

Asian American women played a critical part in America’s war effort during World War II. Coming from diverse backgrounds...
05/05/2021
The Asian American Women Who Fought to Make Their Mark in WWII

Asian American women played a critical part in America’s war effort during World War II. Coming from diverse backgrounds—including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino—they served in important roles ranging from pilots and translators to factory workers and guerrilla fighters. https://bit.ly/2PRCRUx

They worked as pilots, translators, guerrilla fighters and more.

Support the Women's Museum of California in style! Check out our new online store for WMC T-shirts, tote bags, and more!
05/04/2021

Support the Women's Museum of California in style! Check out our new online store for WMC T-shirts, tote bags, and more!

For the few women who braved the harsh journey to Gold Country, freedom, independence, and the chance to forge a living ...
05/04/2021
Women of California Gold Rush | Women's Museum

For the few women who braved the harsh journey to Gold Country, freedom, independence, and the chance to forge a living and identity separate from male family members beckoned them towards the west. https://bit.ly/3lJOKHF

For the few women who braved the harsh journey to Gold Country, freedom, independence, and the chance to forge a living and identity separate from male family members beckoned them towards the west.

"Economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is having a harsher impact on women, who are disproportionately represented...
05/01/2021
Women lost $800 billion in income last year. That's more than the combined GDP of 98 countries

"Economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is having a harsher impact on women, who are disproportionately represented in sectors offering low wages, few benefits and the least secure jobs," said Gabriela Bucher, executive director of Oxfam International. "Instead of righting that wrong, governments treated women's jobs as dispensable -- and that has come at a cost of at least $800 billion in lost wages for those in formal employment." https://cnn.it/2PFuQSp

The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has been disastrous for women.

The first female dentists and dental assistants were pioneers for other women in the dental field, and unfortunately, li...
04/30/2021
Influential Women in the Dental Field

The first female dentists and dental assistants were pioneers for other women in the dental field, and unfortunately, like a well-filled cavity, are barely acknowledged. Many of these women receive little to no recognition. It is to change that inequality and shed light women trailblazers in dentistry. http://bit.ly/2ruFnAr

The first female dentists and dental assistants were pioneers for other women in the dental field, and unfortunately, like a well-filled cavity, are barely acknowledged. Many of these women receive…

The nineteenth-century laid the foundation for myriad women's clubs and organizations that took hold in the twentieth ce...
04/27/2021
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.

04/21/2021
Trailblazing Women Episode 12 l Steph Johnson

Trailblazer Steph Johnson is using her musical talent and relentless drive to help find solutions to one of the biggest problems in America; homelessness.

Five years ago, she co-founded the nonprofit "Voices of Our City Choir" and gained national recognition this past year, after the choir, which holds its weekly rehearsals in a church in one of San Diego's most underserved areas, made it to the finals of the TV show "America's Got Talent."

In this episode of "Trailblazing Women," Steph shares with Sandra Maas how music is helping San Diego's unsheltered neighbors find their voice and reconnect with the community

Known as one of US history’s singular heroes, Tubman is believed to have spent time at the cabin as a child and teenager...
04/21/2021
Harriet Tubman: archaeologists find abolitionist’s lost Maryland home

Known as one of US history’s singular heroes, Tubman is believed to have spent time at the cabin as a child and teenager. Surrounded by wetlands and woods, she would have had the chance to learn how to survive conditions like the ones she endured to escape slavery and eventually free dozens of other people from bondage. https://bit.ly/3v7D9Wb

Known as one of US history’s singular heroes, Tubman is believed to have spent time at the cabin as a child and teenager

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
04/16/2021

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.

The power of the First Amendment allows citizens to peacefully stand together and publicly demand they be heard by peopl...
04/13/2021
Marching Towards Empowerment | Women's Museum

The power of the First Amendment allows citizens to peacefully stand together and publicly demand they be heard by people in power.

With enduring resilience and determination, women have marched throughout the history of our country to battle injustice and demand equal treatment from the United States government. Before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, they had that one very important right granted to all U.S. citizens that allowed their voices to be heard. https://bit.ly/328y585

From the Suffrage Marches from the turn of the century, to the Women’s March of 2017, honor the legacy of the brave women who fought for your rights. Stand up for what you believe in and create positive change in your community.

Caroline Severance was an abolitionist, suffragist, and pioneer organizer of women’s clubs, founding the first club in t...
04/12/2021
First in the Field: “Mother of Clubs” Caroline Severance

Caroline Severance was an abolitionist, suffragist, and pioneer organizer of women’s clubs, founding the first club in the East and the first in Los Angeles. https://bit.ly/3fi0kIU

Caroline Severance was an abolitionist, suffragist, and pioneer organizer of women’sclubs, founding the first club in the East and the first in Los Angeles.

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, one of the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access pipelin...
04/11/2021
LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard, Leader of Standing Rock’s Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Passes On

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, one of the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal citizen and an undisputed Lakota historian, passed away on Saturday from brain cancer. She was 64. https://bit.ly/3satDj4

FT. YATES, ND—LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, one of the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal citizen and an undisputed Lakota historian, passed away on Saturday from brain cancer. She was 64.

The Second-Wave of Feminism, or The Women’s Liberation Movement, was an era defined by political and personal successes ...
04/09/2021
Rockin' the Political Boat | Women's Museum

The Second-Wave of Feminism, or The Women’s Liberation Movement, was an era defined by political and personal successes of women throughout the United States. Women during the 1960s, 1970s, and the early 1980s campaigned for a variety of issues: reproductive rights, education, representation in the media, family, workplace, and violence against women. https://bit.ly/2DDLFHr

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

#OnThisDay in #womenshistory Sacagawea joined the Corps of Discovery Expedition as an interpreter.
04/07/2021

#OnThisDay in #womenshistory Sacagawea joined the Corps of Discovery Expedition as an interpreter.

#OnThisDay in #womenshistory Sacagawea joined the Corps of Discovery Expedition as an interpreter.

The change came after LinkedIn faced criticism regarding their lack of flexible language for women who left the paid wor...
04/06/2021
LinkedIn is adding "stay-at-home mom" as a job description, as 2.3 million women leave the workforce

The change came after LinkedIn faced criticism regarding their lack of flexible language for women who left the paid workforce. More than 2.3 million women have done so in the past year alone, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and daycares and decimated the service-oriented businesses that employ majority-female workforces. https://bit.ly/2R7I3DT

A year into the pandemic that has decimated working women, "we need to normalize employment gaps" on LinkedIn's public resumes.

Through the centuries, the ideal female form has taken many shapes. From the strait-laced Victorians to the modern seeke...
04/05/2021
Beauty or Torture | Women's Museum

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. But just what is it that would make a woman take a burning metal rod to her hair or stagger in stilettos? https://www.womensmuseumca.org/beauty-or-torture

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.

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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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Retired Navy Capt. Kathy Bruyere, a pioneer for women’s equality in the Navy, died Sept. 3 in San Diego following a battle with cancer, according to her family. Bruyere, 76, grew up in an Army family and joined the Navy in 1966 after graduating from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Two years later, she married her first husband, then Navy Lt. Kellie Byerly, and the two later became the first officer couple to attend the Naval War College in Rhode Island. She also served as a recruiter during the Vietnam War and at the Bureau for Naval Personnel, which was then in Washington, among other assignments. In January 1976, she gained a measure of fame as one of 12 women featured on the cover of Time magazine for a “Women of the Year” (1975) issue — which was done in lieu of the annual “Person of the Year” issue. At the time, she was a lieutenant commander, and in 1975 had become the first woman tapped as a flag secretary and aide to an admiral, according to Time magazine. Female sailors had worked on the staffs of admirals, the Time story noted, “but had far less authority than Byerly. She heads the admiral’s staff and handles all liaison between his headquarters and the nine Pacific training commands.” In the issue, she acknowledged that she was not thrilled about the potential for combat but said she “would not like to deny any woman the opportunity to do anything she is capable of doing, including firing a gun.” A year later, she and five other female sailors helped clear the path for women to serve on ships and aircraft engaged in combat — assignments previously barred to them under the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948. The sailors, who claimed their careers and potential promotions were negatively impacted by the policy, filed a class-action lawsuit against the secretary of defense and secretary of the Navy in 1977, and U.S. District Judge John Sirica, of Watergate fame, determined the law was unconstitutional in 1978. "Some people thought it was treason — ‘How dare I try to challenge the system?’ " Bruyere told the Orlando Sentinel in a 1991 interview. "But others kept saying, " ‘Good for you, good for you.’ " She went on the serve as special assistant to the chief of naval operations for women’s policy, where she was involved in a 1987 study examining career opportunities for women in the Navy and sexism across the service. A year later, as the first female executive officer of the Navy’s New York Recruiting District, she and Byerly divorced and she later met and married her second husband, Thomas Bruyere, also a Navy officer. In June 1991, Bruyere, by then a captain with 25 years of service, took charge of the Navy’s only boot camp that included women, according to the report in the Sentinel, which described her as “arguably one of the Pentagon’s top experts on women in the Navy.” The Orlando Naval Training Center. which processed 30,000 enlistees a year, one third of them female, had been severely criticized the year before for its handling of r**e and sexual harassment cases. It was also slated for closure. Bruyere remained undaunted. She viewed the command as an opportunity to create coeducational training and study programs, fostering teamwork and mutual respect in the hope of reducing abuse and assault incidents, she told the Sentinel. “This is where you plant the seeds, giving recruits the opportunity to solve problems as professionals, to respect each other’s talents,” she told the newspaper. Bruyere retired in 1994. Looking back on her naval career, Bruyere she was most proud of the work she did “to make a difference and help to open equal opportunities for all,” she told the San Diego Veterans Magazine in March 2020. When asked about the groundbreaking lawsuit, Bruyere told the magazine, “I just believe we should all have the same opportunities.” “There is nothing today’s women cannot do — we need them to keep charging ahead,” she said. In retirement, Bruyere continued to serve her community, her family said. She was on the boards for the local chapters of the San Diego Parkinson’s Association, the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association, the George G. Glenner Center for Memory Care and Caregiver Support, and the San Diego chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. She also volunteered as a volunteer for 11 years at the Miramar National Cemetery, where her husband is interred. The couple was together for more than 20 years before Thomas, also a retired captain, died in 2009 after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bruyere, who died at Paradise Valley Hospital in San Diego, is survived by four brothers, one sister, three stepsons and 10 grandchildren. According to her family, she will be buried with full military honors at Miramar. “Kathy was always so positive and selflessly concerned for the betterment of institutions and others professionally and personally," said her stepson, retired Army Lt. Col. Trent Bruyere. "Frankly, she left this world a better place and will be missed.” Attachments area
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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: