Former member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors; Former director of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women; Co-founder of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee (SBWPC)
An oral history with Susan Rose
AbstractAn oral history with Susan Rose, former member of the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project at California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information about Rose’s activist history in Southern California. Specifically, this interview discusses Rose’s Jewish family background in New York and Connecticut; high school years in the 1950s; comments on current successes of her two daughters; college years at Connecticut College for Women; recalls first political experience while attending college and campaigning for local representative Horace Seeley-Brown; how politics were discussed in her family; meeting first husband on a blind date, and subsequently relocating to Ventura, California; teaching in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood; briefly relocating to Detroit, Michigan, where she recalled the race riots of the late sixties; reading The Feminist Mystique and how much it changed her perspective; returning to Ventura County and becoming aware of sexist children’s books, and how they reinforced traditional gender roles; starting a local NOW chapter; becoming active in local Santa Barbara politics, including the Planning Commission; earning her Master’s degree; divorce, remarriage, blending families and the affects; advocating personally for equal pay; sitting on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission; participating in the Coro Program and subsequently becoming director of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, wherein she advised the Los Angeles mayor and city council; researching and crafting policy for federal childcare in Los Angeles, particularly with Councilwoman Joy Picus; discusses current stages of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and CEDAW [Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women]; and finally, reflects on the challenges of directing the Commission.
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