Monika Broome interviewed by Kevin Kipers, October 1, 2014, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5455, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history interview with Monika Broome, president of the Democrats of North Orange County (DNOC) and former teacher. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about her political activism within the Democratic Party in Orange County. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage project and Dr. Natalie Fousekis’ oral history class at California State University, Fullerton. Interview covers Broome’s early childhood in Europe during the outbreak of World War II; migrating to the US; early political interests and pushing for legislative changes in education; decision to become a teacher and early experiences; settling in Orange County; important local issues such as Coyote Hills; provides her personal comparison of Democrats and Republicans; thoughts on feminism; her involvement in Democrats of North Orange County, what efforts the organization implements in campaigns, voter registration and precinct walking; thoughts on men vs. women’s leadership; being a Democrat in once Republican-dominated Orange County; campaigns and voter discrimination in Orange County; how her family supports her activism; the challenges of midterm elections; the need for more women candidates; and finally, the pride she holds for both her teaching career and political activism.
Making a speech at the Democratic Booth at July 4th festivities at Fullerton Stadium in support of Sharon Quirk-Silva for 65th Assembly District.
Giving a report at a meeting of the Democrats of North Orange County.
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