Rose, Susan

Former member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors; Former director of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women; Co-founder of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee (SBWPC)


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Title An oral history with Susan Rose
Date 2017-07-26
WPA ID WPA_162
OH ID OH 5985.1
Citation Susan Rose interviewed by Natalie Fousekis, July 26, 2017, Santa Barbara, California, Oral History # 5985.1, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2019-01-14 19:37:02 UTC
Location Santa Barbara, California
Language English
Subjects Family → Parents
Family → Childhood Experiences
Religion → Judaism
Locations → New York City
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Education → Early Childhood Education
Historic Periods → 1950s
Family → Children
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Family → Divorce
Family → Affects of Political Involvement on Family
Work → Occupations → Teaching
Historic Periods → 1960s
Family → Parenting → Motherhood
Counties → Ventura
Women's Organizations → American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Community Organizations → American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Women's Organizations → National Organization for Women (NOW)
Community Organizations → National Organization for Women (NOW)
Historic Periods → 1970s
Environmentalism
Women in the Workplace → Public Administration
Colleges → University of Southern California (USC)
Family → Remarriage
Historic Periods → 1980s
Elected Officials → Gubernatorial (Governor) → Jerry Brown
Government Agencies/Positions → Commission on the Status of Women
Locations → Los Angeles, California
Sexism → Sexual Harassment
Family → Child Care
People → Friedan, Betty
Women's Movement → Leaders → Friedan, Betty
Housing → Fair Housing
Public Safety → Planning Commission(s)
People → Picus, Joy
Locations → Santa Barbara, California
Women in the Workplace → Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Abstract

An oral history with Susan Rose, former member of the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project at California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about Rose’s activist history in Southern California. Specifically, this interview discusses Rose’s Jewish family background in New York and Connecticut; high school years in the 1950s; comments on current successes of her two daughters; college years at Connecticut College for Women; recalls first political experience while attending college and campaigning for local representative Horace Seeley-Brown; how politics were discussed in her family; meeting first husband on a blind date, and subsequently relocating to Ventura, California; teaching in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood; briefly relocating to Detroit, Michigan, where she recalled the race riots of the late sixties; reading The Feminist Mystique and how much it changed her perspective; returning to Ventura County and becoming aware of sexist children’s books, and how they reinforced traditional gender roles; starting a local NOW chapter; becoming active in local Santa Barbara politics, including the Planning Commission; earning her Master’s degree; divorce, remarriage, blending families and the affects; advocating personally for equal pay; sitting on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission; participating in the Coro Program and subsequently becoming director of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, wherein she advised the Los Angeles mayor and city council; researching and crafting policy for federal childcare in Los Angeles, particularly with Councilwoman Joy Picus; discusses current stages of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and CEDAW [Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women]; and finally, reflects on the challenges of directing the Commission.

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Multimedia

5985.2_T01_online.mp3

Transcript

Metadata

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ID 149
Title An oral history with Susan Rose
Date 2017-07-27
WPA ID WPA_163
OH ID OH 5985.2
Citation Susan Rose interviewed by Natalie Fousekis, July 27, 2017, Santa Barbara, California, Oral History # 5985.2, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2019-01-14 19:50:46 UTC
Location Santa Barbara, California
Language English
Subjects Government Agencies/Positions → Commission on the Status of Women
Family → Child Care
Women's Organizations → California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research (CEWAER)
Community Organizations → California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research (CEWAER)
Women's Organizations → National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC)
Community Organizations → National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC)
People → Picus, Joy
Environmentalism
Locations → Los Angeles, California
Activism → Homelessness
Housing → Affordable Housing
Colleges → University of Southern California (USC)
Elections → Campaigning
Elections → Election Campaign Strategies
Historic Periods → 1990s
Counties → Ventura
Ideology → Feminism
Elections → Presidential Elections → Election 2016 (Trump/Clinton)
People → Clinton, Hillary
Leadership → Leadership Style
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Activism → Advice on getting involved
Locations → Santa Barbara, California
Women in the Workplace → Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Public Safety → Planning Commission(s)
Women's Organizations → California Women Lead
Elected Officials → Board of Supervisors

Abstract

A second oral history with Susan Rose, former member of the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about Rose’s activist history in Southern California. Specifically, this interview includes additional commentary on Rose’s years as director of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, including her exit report; working in collaboration with CEWAER [California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research]; creating a citywide directory of women’s resources; her role in creating the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee and how Betty Friedan was their kickoff’s keynote speaker; creating a “Pipeline Committee” to create a pipeline of women candidates in Santa Barbara; the committee’s impact on the local committee; her decision to run for the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors in 1998; finding solutions on local homeless issues, and how unexpectedly housing and the homeless became major focal points of her campaign; raising early money for her campaign; campaign strategies; having her “Truman moment” in thinking she’d lost the campaign, but actually won; early days on the Supervisors and working on land preservation; gender demographic of the Supervisors; attending the Women in Power program at Harvard; working with Human Rights Watch; creating a women’s leadership program at Antioch University, working with Emerge California; writing articles for women’s blogs and digital news outlets; reflects on Election 2016 and the negative affect of Trump’s victory; describes her motivation and leadership style; differences in the way men and women lead; how women are judged differently in politics; why so few women are elected to office; advice she gives to women who want to run for office; reflects on the impact of Hillary Clinton’s nomination; and final, shares what she is most proud of in her life.

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