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Women's Museum of California

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16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017.  Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.    

Anne Ewing

Anne Ewing
2005
Activist

Anne D. Ewing has worked to remove restrictions in women’s private, civic and political lives. She founded San Diego’s Chapter, National Women’s Political Caucus; led a statewide reform of racist and sexist language in primary school readers; and faced Catholic excommunication for her support of women’s reproductive rights. Ewing became part of the civil rights movement in the segregated south when she was only 20 years old. She moved to San Diego in 1968 where she plunged headlong into women's rights issues. The early 1970s found her crusading for the removal of the blatantly sexist primary school readers where little girls were depicted as fearful and unimaginative. Anne helped to establish the Education Task Force of the NOW and became coordinator of the state level force.

She developed criteria to identify sexist representation and demonstrated it vividly by developing a popular slide presentation. Resistant to change, the Education Board was sued by California NOW under Anne's leadership, leading to successful negotiations. The result was a state mandate to approve only those texts free from sexism and racism. In 1976 Anne Ewing founded the National Women's Political Caucus in San Diego and for 30 years has been assisting women of both parties to seek and hold political office. On another front, Anne responded to the Catholic excommunication of San Diego women who defended NOW's pro-choice position in the 1970s. She led a pro-choice march and rallied public opinion behind a woman's right to choose. Anne Ewing knows how to create structure change, and because of her efforts, countless girls and women have gained respect and self-determination long denied to others.

Anne Ewing, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2005