Women’s Museum Receives $300,000


Please celebrate with us! The Women’s Museum has received an exceptional gift this holiday season: a transformative $300,000 grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation. This is the largest single gift in the museum’s history and signals the dawn of a new and exciting era.

The Path to Our 40th Anniversary

In 1997, our first museum exhibit was at the Women’s History Reclamation Project at Golden Hill’s Art Union Building, 23rd and Broadway. Presiding at the opening were the indomitable, charismatic 73-year-old Mary Maschal, co-founder and President of the WHRP, and the talented, passionate Cindy Stankowski, WHRP’s Museum Director.

50 Years After Roe v. Wade . . .Time to Smash the Patriarchy!

The recent overturning of Roe V. Wade will go down in history as a huge blow to women’s rights and gender equality. Before this supreme court ruling, things had been on an upward trajectory – so much so that when younger people chanted, “smash the patriarchy” I thought they were being hyperbolic. . . not anymore.

Statement in Support of Reproductive Rights

The mission of the Women’s Museum of California is to educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of diverse women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting their stories. We embrace our role as ana cultural institution that takes an active role in advancing the status and visibility of women. We are proud of our history as a purveyor of truths so that we can understand the past, grapple with our present, and navigate our way toward a better tomorrow.

A Look for the New Woman

With textile factories turning out large quantities of cloth, the second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in clothing production.

The sewing machine increased productivity; the tape measure helped to standardize sizing; and the introduction of paper patterns increased the variety of available styles. By the end of the century, consumers could purchase ready-to-wear clothing in shops, department stores, and through catalogs.

Who Won the Vote in California

“The central figure in the seal of California is the presiding goddess of that state… But the constitution limits the franchise and thus makes outlaws of all the noble women who endured the hardships… who helped make (California) all that it is… The position of the real woman who shares the everyday trials and hardships… inspires no corresponding admiration and respect.” -Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1876

Daughters of Liberty

“Save your money and save your country!”

The Daughters of Liberty was an all-female political group formed in the mid-to-late 1760s in the North American British colonies. Similar to the Sons of Liberty, the Daughters of Liberty formed as a response to unjust British

Latinx Women in the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Movement

In California, the inclusion of Latinx women into the fight for the right to vote was critical to the success of the movement.

One of the major leaders of the Suffrage movement in California was Maria Guadalupe Evangelina de Lopez. Lopez (1881-1977) was a leader in the California suffragist movement, the first person to translate suffrage speeches into Spanish, an active clubwoman, and educator in Los Angeles.

The Blood Sisters of San Diego

It takes a village to save the people you love.

Spurred on by the virulent response to the AIDS Crisis— people didn’t want to touch, or even be in the same room as anyone who had HIV—the Women’s Caucus of the San Diego Democratic Club bande

All contributions and bequests are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal and state law. The Women’s Museum of California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation. Tax ID is 95-3893212.

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