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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Who is excited to see these panels on the outside of the Women's Museum of California in Arts District Liberty Station?J...
01/15/2021

Who is excited to see these panels on the outside of the Women's Museum of California in Arts District Liberty Station?

Join us tomorrow for the "Waves of Feminism" Unveiling. Space is limited so please RSVP ahead of time to ensure you get sent the Zoom link.

The program will feature a discussion with the team behind the mural including artist Katie Ruiz about how the mural was created.

Charlotta Bass, an African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist, ran The California Eagle, an African Ame...
01/15/2021
First in Their Field: Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Bass, an African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist, ran The California Eagle, an African American newspaper that focused on political activism and civil rights. Bass is believed to be the first African-American woman to own and operate a newspaper in the United States. Bass was also the first African American woman to be nominated as the Vice President of the Progressive Party in 1952.

“It has been a good life that I have had, through a very hard one, but I know the future will be even better, And as I think back I know that is the only kind of life: In serving one’s …

#ThrowbackThursday featuring our former outdoor exhibit "Women of Old Town San Diego".This Saturday we will start instal...
01/14/2021

#ThrowbackThursday featuring our former outdoor exhibit "Women of Old Town San Diego".

This Saturday we will start installing our newest outdoor exhibit, "Waves of Feminism: Women Who Persisted". Join us for the virtual "Waves of Feminism" Unveiling featuring the team behind our new mural this Saturday.

Male scientists outnumber women in school textbooks by 3:1. The following is a list of women you may not have learned ab...
01/13/2021
5 Women Inventors

Male scientists outnumber women in school textbooks by 3:1. The following is a list of women you may not have learned about in school but their inventions have significantly improved all of our lives for the better. http://bit.ly/2Rzo67P

At the Women’s Museum of California, we often discuss how the lack of women in our history textbooks helps reinforce the idea that women have contributed very little to our nation’s his…

California Women Artists digital exhibit highlights women artists of California. California was considered a haven for m...
01/11/2021

California Women Artists digital exhibit highlights women artists of California. California was considered a haven for many people to move to after the Gold Rush was discovered. It was a land full of opportunity and it made room for many art movements over the years. While it is not comparable to New York's modern art scene in the 19th century, California had it's own special style and persona later on. This exhibit is to bring mention to many notable women who were part of California's art scene that emerged from various points in time. http://bit.ly/2KOA2it

The Women’s Museum of California joined all Americans who watched in horror as a rage-fueled mob stormed the Capitol in ...
01/10/2021
Statement on the Violence at the US Capitol

The Women’s Museum of California joined all Americans who watched in horror as a rage-fueled mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to halt the certification of the November general election. This was no ordinary protest but an attack by extremists who seek to subvert the will of the American people and undermine our democracy.

Below is a statement concerning the events of January 6th from the American Alliance of Museums. Women's Museum staff and board stand in solidarity with the AAM and believe that their powerful statement sums up our feelings best and that you should read it in its entirety.

We join the AAM and other members of the museum community in decrying the events that led to the failed coup. We hope in reading their statement that you are inspired to remain anchored in hope for the future of America and for a better tomorrow.

The Women's Museum of California

Dear Museum Community, The violence and chaos that ensued in our nation’s capital on January 6 was horrifying and reprehensible, and a clear attack on our democracy and society propagated by delibe…

“All a woman had in 1939 was her reputation. I didn’t want them all to think that I was a young woman who had married an...
01/10/2021
The Last Surviving Widow of a Civil War Veteran Dies at 101

“All a woman had in 1939 was her reputation. I didn’t want them all to think that I was a young woman who had married an old man to take advantage of him.”

Helen Viola Jackson married James Bolin in 1936, when she was 17 and he was 93

Join the Women's Museum of California next week for "Waves of Feminism" Unveiling. The mural, created by artist Katie Ru...
01/09/2021

Join the Women's Museum of California next week for "Waves of Feminism" Unveiling. The mural, created by artist Katie Ruiz, captures the 3 different eras of the feminist movement and will be featured on the outside wall of the Museum in Arts District Liberty Station. RSVP to this special event here: https://bit.ly/2XpxkEH

01/08/2021
Trailblazing Women Episode 9 l Karen Henken

In this episode of “Trailblazing Women,” Sandra Maas talks with Karen Henken, an international leader in social innovation and entrepreneurism, about how to pivot in a pandemic, cope during the chaos and make a difference for people suffering most.
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Join Women's Museum of California board member, Sandra Maas 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.
Whether ordinary or extraordinary, we all have a compelling story to share.

01/08/2021
Trailblazing Women Episode 9 l Karen Henken

In this episode of “Trailblazing Women,” Sandra Maas talks with Karen Henken, an international leader in social innovation and entrepreneurism, about how to pivot in a pandemic, cope during the chaos and make a difference for people suffering most.
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Join Women's Museum of California board member, Sandra Mass 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.
Whether ordinary or extraordinary, we all have a compelling story to share.

An advocate for labor and women’s rights, in 1855 in Philadelphia, McDowell founded a weekly paper named the “Women’s Ad...
01/07/2021
First In Their Field: Anne McDowell

An advocate for labor and women’s rights, in 1855 in Philadelphia, McDowell founded a weekly paper named the “Women’s Advocate” with the goal of “the elevation of the female industrial class”. http://bit.ly/2VpYlFc

Anne McDowell was the first American woman to publish a newspaper completely run by women.

Students can learn to play a part in helping ensure everyone is represented in our history.  Oral history is a tool that...
01/05/2021
Virtual Field Trips | Women's Museum

Students can learn to play a part in helping ensure everyone is represented in our history.

Oral history is a tool that we use to record history from the people who experienced it so we ensure their stories are not forgotten. It is through this systematic collection of memories and experiences of everyday people that we know that everyone’s story counts. Book a virtual field trip to the Women's Museum of California today: https://www.womensmuseumca.org/virtualfieldtrips

Discover women's history

Start 2021 off by helping the Women's Museum of California inspire people of all generations to create a positive differ...
01/04/2021
Membership | Women's Museum

Start 2021 off by helping the Women's Museum of California inspire people of all generations to create a positive difference in their community by sharing the untold stories of women's accomplishments.

When you become a member of the Women's Museum you support all aspects of the Museum's operations including exhibits, events and educational programs. https://bit.ly/2X9625s

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

Elizabeth Peratrovich played an instrumental role in the 1945 passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United...
12/30/2020
Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Elizabeth Peratrovich played an instrumental role in the 1945 passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United States. On this day in 1941, after encountering an inn door sign that read “No Natives Allowed,” Peratrovich and her husband–both of Alaska’s Indigenous Tlingit tribe–helped plant the seed for the anti-discrimination law when they wrote a letter to Alaska’s governor and gained his support. https://bit.ly/3nWppKK

Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich! #GoogleDoodle

This is your last week to support the Women's Museum of California in 2020.By sharing the hidden histories of women’s ex...
12/27/2020
Give the Gift of Herstory This Holiday Season

This is your last week to support the Women's Museum of California in 2020.

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.
https://bit.ly/366hUdW

Your generosity ensures that WMC exhibits, programs and events will be here for you and generations to come. Thank you for becoming a part of preserving women's history. WMC Gift Guide This year the Women's Museum of California has created a gift guide for the holiday season so you know exactly how....

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was born.
12/25/2020

#OnThisDay in #WomensHistory founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was born.

As 2020 comes to a close, we thank you for your continued support of the Women’s Museum of California and for your dedic...
12/23/2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we thank you for your continued support of the Women’s Museum of California and for your dedication to our mission of educating and inspiring generations by bringing to light the stories of women’s accomplishments.

Through the unprecedented challenges we all faced this year, we have become increasingly aware of the value of relationships and connectivity—of kindness and generosity—and your role in meeting these demands. Because of you, we eagerly greet the new year with resilience, optimism, and boldness.

On behalf of the Museum’s staff and board, we thank you for allowing us to serve you. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

12/22/2020
Chat with the Artist: Katie Ruiz

Get a sneak peek of the Museum's Waves of Feminism mural with artist Katie Ruiz.
The mural will be unveiled on January 16th outside the Women's Museum of California in Liberty Station. The mural is a visual representation of the 3 different waves of feminism and the notable leaders in each era.
Join artist Katie Ruiz in her studio as she shows her current progress on the mural, discusses her artistic process, and answers questions from our Facebook followers.

“Americans of all ages deserve to see and be inspired by the remarkable women who helped shape this nation. Seeing role ...
12/22/2020
Congress authorizes Smithsonian museums focused on American Latinos and women’s history

“Americans of all ages deserve to see and be inspired by the remarkable women who helped shape this nation. Seeing role models doing the thing to which we aspire can change the course of someone’s life. How fitting that we pass this bill as we mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment and in the year in which we elected our first woman vice president.” https://wapo.st/3hfbMUn

The omnibus bill calls for the creation of the institution’s first new museums since 2016.

12/22/2020
Chat with the Artist: Katie Ruiz

Get a sneak peek of the Museum's Waves of Feminism mural with artist Katie Ruiz.
The mural will be unveiled on January 16th outside the Women's Museum of California in Liberty Station. The mural is a visual representation of the 3 different waves of feminism and the notable leaders in each era.
Join artist Katie Ruiz in her studio as she shows her current progress on the mural, discusses her artistic process, and answers questions from our Facebook followers.

12/21/2020

A sneak peek of our "Waves of Feminism" mural which will be unveiled outside the Women's Museum in January. Learn more about this mural and how it is being created tomorrow by tuning into out Chat with the Artist: Katie Ruiz.

Help us celebrate the holidays by giving the Gift of Herstory! This year the Women's Museum of California has created a ...
12/20/2020

Help us celebrate the holidays by giving the Gift of Herstory! This year the Women's Museum of California has created a gift guide for the holiday season so you know exactly how your end of year gift will make a difference in 2021.
During this time, your support matters more than ever. Your investment towards our mission allows us to inspire people of all generations to create a positive difference in their community by sharing the untold stories of women's accomplishments. https://bit.ly/366hUdW

For there to my wondering eyes did appear,The miniature army of four tiny dears.With an odd draggled General, weary of b...
12/19/2020
The Suffrage Christmas Carol - Ms. Magazine

For there to my wondering eyes did appear,
The miniature army of four tiny dears.

With an odd draggled General, weary of bones,
I knew in a moment ’twas Rosalie Jones.

More slow than a snail,
She was dragging her feet.

And urging her blisters,
And cobbles to meet.

‘On Percy, on Merry, come left and right,’
Ne’er footsore crusaders in sorrier plight.” https://bit.ly/38j1e2H

December 24, 1912: A 22-mile advance in driving snow today for General Rosalie Jones and her unstoppable suffrage army's march from the Bronx to New York's capital of Albany!

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? The Women's Museum of California has gifts for every feminist on your list! Stop...
12/18/2020

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? The Women's Museum of California has gifts for every feminist on your list! Stop by our store every day until December 25th from 11 am - 5pm and find gifts that empower and inspire.

Catch up on all 8 episodes of Trailblazing Women with Sandra Maas on our website! Each episode shares the stories of ins...
12/18/2020
Trailblazing Women with Sandra Maas | Women's Museum

Catch up on all 8 episodes of Trailblazing Women with Sandra Maas on our website! Each episode 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: 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. 

12/15/2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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. Research manager Merrie Monteagudo and reporter Morgan Cook discuss the series.

Help us celebrate the holidays by giving the Gift of Herstory! This year the Women's Museum of California has created a ...
12/15/2020
Give the Gift of Herstory This Holiday Season

Help us celebrate the holidays by giving the Gift of Herstory! This year the Women's Museum of California has created a gift guide for the holiday season so you know exactly how your end of year gift will make a difference in 2021.

During this time, your support matters more than ever. Your investment towards our mission allows us to inspire people of all generations to create a positive difference in their community by sharing the untold stories of women's accomplishments. https://bit.ly/366hUdW

Your generosity ensures that WMC exhibits, programs and events will be here for you and generations to come. Thank you for becoming a part of preserving women's history. WMC Gift Guide This year the Women's Museum of California has created a gift guide for the holiday season so you know exactly how....

The 6th installment of our Phenomenal Women Series with The San Diego Union-Tribune pays tribute to women who serve in e...
12/13/2020

The 6th installment of our Phenomenal Women Series with The San Diego Union-Tribune pays tribute to women who serve in elected office — from city councils and the county Board of Supervisors to the state Legislature and U.S. Congress: https://bit.ly/3cpJF1D #womenshistory #womeninpolitics

Featured Auction Item: Brazen by Penelope Bagieu2019 Eisner Award WinnerThroughout history and across the globe, one cha...
12/12/2020

Featured Auction Item: Brazen by Penelope Bagieu
2019 Eisner Award Winner
Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit.

Bid on this bundle which includes Brazen, feminist socks, enamel pin, and a pencil case and other gift bundles that support the Women's Museum of California: https://bit.ly/2W5gx9k

Featured Auction Item: The Get Out the Vote: Empowering the WOmen's Vote poster campaign, in partnership with the League...
12/12/2020

Featured Auction Item: The Get Out the Vote: Empowering the WOmen's Vote poster campaign, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, invited members to design posters to commemorate the beginning of 100 years of women's voting rights.
Bid on Get Out The Vote poster and other bundles to support the Women's Museum today: https://bit.ly/2W5gx9k

Featured Auction Item: Exploring the true role of black women in the creation of American, especially southern, cuisine,...
12/11/2020

Featured Auction Item: Exploring the true role of black women in the creation of American, especially southern, cuisine, Toni Tipton-Martin spent years amassing one of the world's largest collections of cookbooks published by African American authors. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights. The "Jemima Code" transforms America's most maligned kitchen servant into an inspirational and powerful model of culinary wisdom and cultural authority.⁠
https://bit.ly/3m5rG4t

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2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16
San Diego, CA
92106

General information

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.

Opening Hours

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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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 rape 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
Yahooo....it's Kamala Harris for VP.
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: