Chrystal Ferber interviewed by Analia Cabral, July 18, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5886, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
This is an oral history interview with Chrystal Ferber, law student and animal rights activist. 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 Ferber’s involvement with as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing. Specifically, this interview talks about Ferber’s troubled childhood; her role models; how her parents and family reacted to her activism; the importance of Women Gender Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton in increasing her self-confidence; describes her job as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing and what it’s like working at chicken farm factories, including a Pilgrims grow-out facility; how local law enforcement responded to reports of animal cruelty and the role the media played in raising awareness of this issue; talks about the mistreatment of factory works by facility manager; how people respond to women working as animal rights activists; what it’s like for women traveling alone; talks about the differences with how men and women lead; how the political climate influences activist activities; and finally, reflects on the future of her activism and why it’s important for women to not sit on the sidelines.
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