Hernández, Antonia

President and Chief Executive Officer, California Community Foundation; Chicana activist






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Title An oral history with Antonia Hernández
Date 2016-01-07
OH ID OH 5803
Citation Antonia Hernandez interviewed by Jael Mueller, January 7, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5803, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:07 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Citizenship → Immigration
Chicano/a Movement → Mother's of East Los Angeles (MELA)
Latino/a → Community / Communities → Bilingual Education
Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Values
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
Elected Officials → Board of Supervisors → Gloria Molina
Chicano/a Movement → Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Community Organizations → Democrats of North Orange County (DNOC)
Sexism → Machismo
Sexism → Sexism in the Workplace
Religion → Catholicism
Elections → Propositions → Proposition 187
Chicano/a Movement → Mexican American Student Association (MASA)
Colleges → University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Chicano/a Movement → Walkouts
Court cases → Madrigal v. Quilligan
Community Organizations → Legal Aid
Chicano/a Movement → Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) → Vilma Martinez
Community Organizations → California Community Foundation (CCF)
Elected Officials → City Council → Gil Cedillo
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism → Chicana Feminism
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. Senate → Ted Kennedy


An oral history with Antonia Hernández, Executive Director of the California Community Foundation (CCF). This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project at California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview is to shed light on activist Latinas in Southern California. This interviews specifically discusses Hernandez’ childhood journey from Mexico to East Los Angeles; learning English and the challenges of assimilation; education at East LA College (ELAC) and UCLA; involvement in the Chicano Movement; early ambitions as a teacher, then deciding to attend UCLA Law School; becoming a legal aid at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, and the Legal Aid Foundation, where she worked on the infamous Madrigal v. Quilligan case; becoming friends with Gloria Molina; working as the first Latina on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (for Senator Ted Kennedy); joining the litigation team at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), achieving several legislative victories for Latinos (including the 1982 Voters Rights Act), and later becoming President and General Counsel; her leadership style and proud achievements; recruitment and hiring by California Community Foundation and its goals for the future; CA Proposition 187; family and balance; being a Chicana feminist; the different expectations for men and women; the role of faith in her work; and finally, why activism is so important.


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Description> Professional portrait of Antonia Hernández, 2015.