Anne Marie Randle-Trejo interviewed by Scherly Virgill, September 2, 2016, Anaheim, California, Oral History #5940, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Anne Marie Randle-Trejo, Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees member, and instructional assistant and behavior interventionist at the Anaheim City School District. 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 Randle-Trejo’s work as Anaheim School Trustee, as well as her experience running for office, and her views on women’s leadership roles. Specifically, this interview addresses Randle-Trejo’s childhood, growing up in a large family that loved the outdoors; explains her love for music and how music and singing helped her discover the world; recalls sister’s involvement in antiwar protests and the impact her activism had on her; reflects on biracial identity (African American father and Caucasian mother; discusses how the Anti-miscegenation Laws set prior to 1967 by the Supreme Court of the United States did not allowed her parents to get married; describes the day she experienced racism for the first time at her school; explains conversation with mother about being different, and how she dealt with it as a teenager; explains reasons she thinks her father did not discuss issues about race with her or her family; discusses how race and racism affected different aspects of her life growing up; how she wished she had been encouraged to go to college and get an education; discusses events that led her to become an active PTA member and president at her son’s school; recalls running for office and losing the elections; discusses the downside of running for office; explains how she had to run a hard campaign against a male candidate to get into office; discusses how raising money is a major setback when running a campaign; remembers running a difficult campaign in 2014 against three male opponents and the challenges therein; explains what she enjoys the most about running a campaign; shares views on political endorsements; explains hiring of Superintendent Michael Matsuda as one of her greatest accomplishments; describes how her background prepared her to take office; discusses views on Common Core; shares views on how men and women lead; explains her work in the classroom with special needs students who are on the spectrum or could have autism; explains how she balances her political career and life at home; discusses her views on feminism; shares views on current American politics and Election 2016; and finally, offers candid advice to young women who want to get involved in politics.
Annemarie Randle-Trejo, 2016.
Annemarie Randle-Trejo with interviewer Scherly Virgill, 2016.
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