Evelyn L. Clarke, has worked for decades on behalf of San Diego’s first women’s and human rights organizations such as San Diego National Women’s Political Caucus and the Older Women’s League. She has preserved the histories of organizations by photographing or videotaping their events for their archives. Curiosity and determination prompted Evelyn to take leading roles in many organization working on behalf of women's rights, human rights, healthcare, local and national politics, youth and multi-cultural issues and concerns. Evelyn's childhood was spent in orphanages and foster homes but books and librarians became her inspiration.
It was at the local library where she learned about the women's movement. From the San Diego Girl Scouts, she learned to hold her head high and be happy and proud of being a girl. Evelyn joined the women's movement early, attending the first local meeting of the National Women's Political Caucus and signing on as a charter member. She participated in parades and demonstrations but couldn't sign carry because she had decided to photograph every event and activity--an interest she had acquired at Girl Scout camp. In 1975 she attended the first International Women's Conference in Mexico City where her Press Pass from a local paper gained her an interview with Margaret Mead. She also participated as a YWCA delegate to Washington where then President and Mrs. Clinton attended her session. Evelyn's role models, she says, are school teachers--all of them--and all the women who were seated and continue next to her in the movement. Evelyn is proud of the women of San Diego and reminds them that defeat, in the words of Susan B. Anthony, "is not an option."