Bockian, Edith

Longtime member of the League of Women Voters and two-time president (1983-85 and 1990) of the North Orange County chapter





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ID 45
Title An oral history with Edith Bockian
Date 2016-05-10
OH ID OH 5850
Citation Edith Bockian interviewed by Abby Waldrop, May 10, 2016, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5850, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Fullerton, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Family → Grandparents
Religion → Judaism
Historic Periods → 1930s
Locations → Anaheim, California → Anaheim Union High School District
Education → Higher Education
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Family → Courtship
Military → World War II
Elections → Presidential Elections → Thomas Dewey, 1940s
War → World War II → Wartime Experiences
Family → Marriage
Recreation and Leisure → Travel
Family → Parenting
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Historic Periods → 1950s
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking → Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
Community Organizations → League of Women Voters (LWV)
Women's Organizations → League of Women Voters (LWV) → North Orange County Chapter
Colleges → California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Elected Officials → Gubernatorial (Governor) → Jerry Brown
Gender and Sexuality → Second Wave Feminism
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Counties → Los Angeles → Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) → Teacher(s)
Recreation and Leisure → Poetry


An oral history of Edith Bockian, longtime member of the League of Women Voters and two- time president (1983-85 and 1990) of the North Orange County chapter. 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 her time with the League. Specifically, this interview talks about Bockian’s parents immigration to New York City; role models; reflects on her religious training; why she started writing poetry; childhood and education in the Bronx; talks about attending Hunter College in the early forties and why she dis-enrolled after meeting her husband; memories of World War II home front; how she met her husband; why she moved to California in 1943 and her initial impressions; ushering at the Shrine Auditorium; memories of her husband attending UCLA and living in married veteran housing; shares antidotes about her children; moving to Orange County and early days of Orange State College (now California State University, Fullerton); her experience doing home teaching for kindergarten-eighth grade students; why she joined the League of Women Voters in 1965; issues she worked on in the League including land use, water (Peripheral Canal), California agriculture, and education ; reflects on her biggest challenge as president to combine north Orange County chapters into one group; why the League lobbied for a new library in the city of Fullerton; talks about second wave feminism; how the League has changed over the years including welcoming male members; shares why she’s stayed involved in the League for over fifty years; why she considers herself a humanist; talks about the current state of politics; why it’s important to have women in positions of leadership; and finally, shares why she’s most proud of her children and poetry.


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Description> Edith Bockian at the Ruby Gerontology Center at California State University, Fullerton, 2016.