Judith Forman is best known as “Judy the Beauty on Duty”. She has been a major community activist and supporter of women’s rights for decades. Owner and operator of the “Big Kitchen Café,” Judy has opened her home, business, and her heart to making a great difference in individual women’s lives. She is a staunch supporter of social justice, supports women’s history, and is above all a role model for women everywhere.
Judy grew up in upstate New York and attended college in Michigan. For ten years she worked as a social worker in Detroit, working with troubled children. In 1979, she set out on an adventure to the West Coast. She moved to San Diego, America’s finest city, when she realized people actually lived in her favorite vacation spot.
Unable to obtain a job as a social worker, Judy became an entrepreneur. Because social activism has always been a part of her values, she became a part of the progressive community by raising funds for causes she believed to be important. Some of these causes include opening after school programs, rehabilitating drug abusers, providing shelter to the homeless and care for people with AIDS.
Through her café, Judy has been able to encourage her customers to help network throughout the country. The following are some of the roups in which Judy has been involved with throughout her life: The Woman’s History Reclamation Project (now the Women’s Museum of California), The Golden Hill Community Development Corporation, The Brooklyn Culture Club Afterschool Program, Dog Owner of Grape Street (a leash free zone), The Fern Street Circus, and Lambda Archives. Not only has she provided service in her own country, her helping hand has also touched communities abroad though her assistance in building schools in Latin America and the Philippines.
Judy’s civil rights activism has led her to support San Diego’s Gay and Lesbian community. She has worked tirelessly alongside LGBT rights activists to fight for equality and freedom.
Judy is a beacon of light and hope. Lorri Hans, who knows Judy’s generosity and kind heart, says it best, “Judy is more than just a role model…she is a mother, a friend, an aunt, a godmother and a source of strength when none is available.”