Saltz, Leanore

Retired Educator; Advocacy Activist





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ID 176
Title An oral history with Leanore Saltz
Date 2017-02-17
OH ID OH 5960
Citation Leanore Saltz interviewed by Jared Otto, February 17, 2017, Beverly Hills, California, Oral History # 5960, transcript, Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2019-10-07 18:23:16 UTC
Location Beverly Hills, CA
Language English
Subjects Locations → Beverly Hills, California
Locations → Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Locations → Chicago, Illinois
Religion → Judaism
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Family → Parents
Family → Divorce → Single Parent Home
Family → Parenting → Working Mom
Activism → Labor Unions
Work → Labor Unions
War → World War II → Postwar Experiences
Colleges → University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Community Organizations → National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
Family → Marriage
Family → Children
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Mental Health
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Sex Education
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Addiction
Gender and Sexuality → Women's Rights → Reproductive Rights
Women's Health → Planned Parenthood
Women's Organizations → Planned Parenthood
Women's Health → Abortion
Women in the Workplace → Teacher/Professor
Family → Family Advocacy
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking
Leadership → Leadership Style
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Women's Rights → Pro-Choice
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → Ageism
Activism → Education Activism
Elections → Presidential Elections → Election 2016 (Trump/Clinton)
People → Clinton, Hillary
Family → Affects of Political Involvement on Family
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Activism → Advice on getting involved
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Drug prevention
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Teen health/wellness


An interview with Leanore Saltz, retired educator, advocate, and member of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project headed by California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Saltz’ experience teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District and working as an advocate for teen health and wellness. Specifically, this interview details Saltz’ childhood and upbringing in Boyle Heights, California, as the daughter of activist parents; discusses family’s migration from Eastern Europe to America; the ceaseless and selfless work of her mother, both professionally and philanthropically; observing the tireless work ethic of her parents; the death of her father when she was thirteen and its affect; the role of Judaism in her childhood and within her mother’s activism; fond memories recalling the wide ethnic diversity of Boyle Heights and Roosevelt High School—which led to her continued support of public school education; the lack of gender opportunities at the time, which led her to pursue education; college years at UCLA and how she refused to join any organizations out of rebellion against her mother’s influence; feeling academically unprepared and learning how to be an effective student while attending UCLA; recalls first teaching job at an elementary school in Beverly Hills, California; meeting her husband, starting a family, but soon realizing the marriage had irreparable challenges; realizing that teachers have such an impactful role, one that extends well beyond the classroom; how this realization led her to advocacy for teen wellness, family planning, and drug prevention; earning her credential in secondary education and foraying into high school education at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California; earning her certificate in drug and alcohol counseling; starting a pilot program geared towards teens and substance abuse prevention, which was implemented throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District; joining the NCJW after they helped her find proper care for her daughter, and how she soon became their Vice President of Advocacy; mentions divorce and remarriage; how her role in the NCJW led to more work in the community and advocacy for reproductive rights; her exposure to the issue of human trafficking and how she wanted to promote awareness; current participation in the Friends of the Beverly Hills Library organization; compares the current generation with her own in terms of activist participation and method; discusses her leadership style; what it takes to be an effective activist, why it’s important for women to be involved, and the unique contributions they bring; discusses her passion for reproductive rights and how it drives her advocacy; differences in how men and women lead; how she identifies as a feminist; Election 2016 and the historical affect of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy; and finally, provides advice for women in activism, and shares how it pains her to see people taking no action.


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