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Women's Museum of California

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Read Like A Girl - WMC Book Club

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Was one of your Near Years Resolutions to read more books by women authors? Join the Women's Museum of California for their first feminist book club meeting! 

The first book of the month is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

Second Sunday Author Series with Ona Russell

What is the event about?

Second Sunday Author Series: Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories A Collaboration of the Women’s Museum of California and San Diego Writers, Ink 4:30-5:30 pm at the Women’s Museum, Barracks 16, Liberty Station, $5.00

This monthly series features women writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and other genres who will read from or perform their work and engage in dialogues with audience members.

What is the event about?

FRIDAY NIGHT LIBERTY is our favorite night of the month!!  Join us April 7th and enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Women's Museum and many locations around Liberty Station.  Easy parking, lovely strolling through the park--like atmosphere to many galleries, shops, museums, and restaurants.  Music and art shows outside and in. Come explore the Women's Museum and the Arts District Liberty Station.

Current Exhibit: 

 Darlene Davies has been involved in recording the history of San Diego for many decades. She volunteers her time and skills as the Official Historian of the Old Globe in Balboa Park, volunteers and supports the San Diego History Center, and has written the history on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. For Davies, researching and recording history is a responsibility and service she takes on with the utmost care. Davies earned her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and worked professionally as therapist and professor.

 Dilkhwaz Ahmed is an immigrant women's rights activist from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. She served as the Executive Director of the Nawa Center, a shelter for abused women in Sulaimanya, Iraq where she provided counseling and support to victims of domestic violence. She coordinated a program in the women's jail, helping women transition to a life in prison and to gain the skills necessary to survive. In 2002, Ahmed was granted asylum in the United States, and settled in San Diego.

 Carol Rowell Council, at age 21, co-founded the Ad Hoc Committee for Women's Studies at San Diego State University (1969) which then became the first Women's Studies program in the United States. Her interest in feminism grew from her participation in antiwar and student rights movements. In 1972 she helped found the Center for Women's Studies and Services (now the Center for Community Solutions), where she was the director for 20 years. Carol Rowell Council has a B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State University, and an M.F.A.

Joyce Nower (1932-2010) was a founding member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Women's Studies at San Diego State University and thus co-founder of the first Women's Studies program in the United States. Nower was also a cofounder of the community-based Center for Women's Studies and Services, which was the first Women's Center in Southern California. Today, The Center is the largest provider of prevention and intervention services in San Diego County for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Nower earned her B.A. from Middlebury College, her M.A.

Lilia Velasquez is an attorney who assists immigrants, refugees, asylees, and in particular, undocumented women struggling with domestic violence, sexual abuse, and prostitution. As an attorney, she has been a tireless activist for the most
vulnerable in our society. Velasquez moved to the United States at age nineteen, and received her degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. As a social worker, she witnessed the power of the law in helping people. Velasquez went back

Hon. Irma Gonzalez was the first Mexican American woman to be a federal judge. She was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1992 and served as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2012. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, Judge Gonzalez also worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Prosecution division for the District of Arizona and in Los Angeles, as well as an attorney in private practice. She later served as a U.S. Magistrate judge and a San Diego County Superior Court judge.

From the founders to today's trailblazers, discover the women who have made legal history.

Since Ancient Rome women have embodied the symbol of justice, blindfolded with scales and sword in her hands. It was not until 1869 though when the first woman, Arabella Mansfield, became a lawyer in the United States.  Mansfield paved that way for other women to practice law, including Clara Shortridge Foltz who in 1878 became the first woman lawyer in California.

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