Baldonado, Sandy

Former Claremont City Council Member and Mayor; League of Women Voters





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Title An oral history with Sandy Baldonado
Date 2016-07-28
OH ID OH 5893
Citation Sandy Nash Baldonado interviewed by Scherly Virgill, July 28, 2016, Claremont, California, Oral History #5893, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Claremont, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Parents
Recreation and Leisure → Travel
Family → Values
Education → Higher Education
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Historic Periods → 1950s
Work → Discrimination at Work
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Work → Gendered Work
Elections → Election Campaigns
Elections → Local Elections
Democratic Party
Race Relations → Anglo-Mexican Race Relations
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Family → Children
Women's Organizations → League of Women Voters (LWV) → Claremont Chapter
Constitution → Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
City Council → Claremont City Council
Environmentalism → Water
Family → Remarriage
Housing → Low Income Housing
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
People → Clinton, Hillary
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Women in the Workplace
Women in the Workplace → women lawyers
Elected Officials → City Council → Diann Ring
People → Johnson, Lyndon B.
People → Johnson, Claudia Alta "Lady Bird"
Government Agencies/Positions → Central Intelligence Committee (CIA)
Politics → conventions
Activism → Anti-Domestic Violence Activism
Locations → Claremont, California
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Cancer
Elections → Presidential Elections → John Kennedy, 1960
Family → Domestic Violence
Historic Events → Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)


An oral history of Sandy Nash Baldonado, former Claremont City Councilwoman and Mayor. 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 experience running for city council as well as her time spent serving her community as council member and mayor. Specifically, this interview provides information on Sandy’s childhood from the time she was born in China (where her father worked as an engineer); she describes how after living in several countries she settled in New York; she explains that the election of Dewey and Truman stirred her interest in politics and from then on identified as a Democrat; she describes working for Adlai Stevenson’s campaign in 1952 and Lyndon Johnson in 1960; she discusses the first time she faced discrimination working for Macy’s; she explains her experience working for the CIA and Saks Fifth Avenue and explains the gender roles in these working spaces; she explains her involvement with the League of Women Voters in 1973 and her role as vice chair of the Democratic Party from 1977 to 1981; she discusses her challenges raising money and having people trust a woman in politics; she details her political campaign and explains the work she did for the city of Claremont from 1999 to 2006; she explains her role as city council and mayor; she describes her relationship with Diann Ring, also former councilwoman and mayor (1992); she explains that at the age of forty-six she returns to law school to become a family attorney to help women.


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Description> Sandy Baldonado, 2016.
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Description> Sandy Baldonado with interviewer Scherly Virgill, 2016.