Edith Bockian interviewed by Abby Waldrop, May 10, 2016, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5850, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Edith Bockian, longtime member of the League of Women Voters and two- time president (1983-85 and 1990) of the North Orange County chapter. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding her time with the League. Specifically, this interview talks about Bockian’s parents immigration to New York City; role models; reflects on her religious training; why she started writing poetry; childhood and education in the Bronx; talks about attending Hunter College in the early forties and why she dis-enrolled after meeting her husband; memories of World War II home front; how she met her husband; why she moved to California in 1943 and her initial impressions; ushering at the Shrine Auditorium; memories of her husband attending UCLA and living in married veteran housing; shares antidotes about her children; moving to Orange County and early days of Orange State College (now California State University, Fullerton); her experience doing home teaching for kindergarten-eighth grade students; why she joined the League of Women Voters in 1965; issues she worked on in the League including land use, water (Peripheral Canal), California agriculture, and education ; reflects on her biggest challenge as president to combine north Orange County chapters into one group; why the League lobbied for a new library in the city of Fullerton; talks about second wave feminism; how the League has changed over the years including welcoming male members; shares why she’s stayed involved in the League for over fifty years; why she considers herself a humanist; talks about the current state of politics; why it’s important to have women in positions of leadership; and finally, shares why she’s most proud of her children and poetry.
Edith Bockian at the Ruby Gerontology Center at California State University, Fullerton, 2016.
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