Gaido, Mary Ann

former member, Irvine City Council





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ID 127
Title An oral history with Mary Ann Gaido
Date 2017-10-17
OH ID OH 5991
Citation Mary Ann Gaido interviewed by Katie Horstman, October 17, 2017, Irvine, California, Oral History # 5991, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2018-11-27 23:16:59 UTC
Location Irvine, California
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Parents
Education → Early Childhood Education
Religion → Catholicism
Family → Values
Education → Higher Education
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Historic Periods → 1970s
Environmentalism → Development/Developers → The Irvine Company
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Elections → Election Campaign Strategies
Environmentalism → Coastal Commission
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Housing → Affordable Housing
Environmentalism → Land use
Race Relations → Black-White Race Relations
Historic Periods → 1980s
Historic Periods → 1990s
Politics → Democrats versus Republicans
Elections → Negative Campaigning
Media → Social Media
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Elections → Local Elections
Environmentalism → Development/Developers
Locations → Irvine, California
City Council → Irvine City Council
Environmentalism → Orange County Great Park
Locations → St. Louis, Missouri
Religion → Catholicism → Nuns/sisters
Public Safety → Planning Commission(s)
Counties → Orange County → Orange County Human Relations Commission
Activism → LGBTQ Activism/Communities


An oral history of Mary Ann Gaido, former member of the Irvine City Council, mayoral candidate, and longtime city planning commissioner. This interview is part of the Women, Politics, and Activism Oral History Project. The purpose of this interview is to explore Gaido’s challenges as part of the Democratic minority in Republican-dominated Irvine, as well as her service in local politics from the 1970s through the 2010s. Specifically, this interview focuses on Gaido’s city council campaigns [1976, 1980, 1984, 1990, and 2006] and mayoral campaigns [2014 and 2016]; remembers her forty-year service on the Irvine Planning Commission; recalls her role as an Orange County human rights specialist; explains her position as the vice president of government relations for St. Joseph Health; describes the challenges for women running for local office from the 1970s through the 2010s; details the memorable process of developing the city of Irvine over the last forty-five years; describes her fight to achieve equal housing rights for ethnic, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ minorities; recalls discrimination and sexual harassment she endured while serving on Irvine City Council; reflects on the changing environment for women in politics, Irvine’s shift to a more balanced political climate, and her own achievements in local government.


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Description> Mary Ann Gaido, 2017.