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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

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.

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.

Herminia Acosta Enrique (Techitzin), is best known as the founder of the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan (1967), and co-founder of San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza (1969). In reality, she is a life-long art and social justice activist, preserving and teaching dance and the arts while promoting dialogue among indigenous tribes of the Americas. Since childhood in the 1920s, Enrique has designed costumes, composed plays, produced local musical theatre productions, and taught folklore.

Joan Embrey Born in San Diego in 1949 Joan Embery spent her childhood camping under the stars, hiking the canyons and watching the sun set. Although she is allergic to animals and is afraid of bugs, she has trained and handled some of the world's rarest and most unusual animals, from aardvarks to zebras. She is also a champion of environmental, conservation and preservation issues around the world.

Jane Dumas is a member of the Jamul Band of Kumeyaay Indians in East County. She is a well-known and widely respected elder, teacher, and leader in San Diego's American Indian community and in San Diego at- large. For decades, Jane has been speaking in classrooms and at public events, sharing knowledge of Kumeyaay culture and medicine, and stressing the value of traditional language and history in today's urban and American Indian societies.

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