Wagner, Jan

President, League of Women Voters of North Orange County





An oral history of Jan Wagner, current president of the League of Women Voters of North Orange County, former Board Member of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), School Board President, and Founding Director of PYLUSD Ed. Foundation. 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 Wagner’s time serving the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, as well as her time on the League of Women Voters. Specifically, this interview provides information on Wagner’s childhood, growing up in a military family, where her father worked as a naval officer; explains how gender roles manifested in her own family; describes a moment when, as a child, the laws of segregation prevented her and an African American girl from playing together; talks about involvement with the League of Women Voters; explains the League’s purpose and work throughout the years on different issues: integration and community involvement in human rights in the 1960s and 1970s, welfare reform and childcare during the Clinton era, as well as education; details the League’s board election process; explains her four-year role as president of the League and its focus on voter service and advocacy; describes the League’s present participation in the 2016 presidential election; describes how the polarization of our government reflects on the polarization of our society; explains some of the issues that are preventing the League from becoming both age and ethnically diverse; discusses her twelve years of service at the Yorba Linda Unified School District; explains the controversial measure Prop 13; explains views on No Child Left Behind, California Common Core, and charter schools; shares views on current American politics and the significance of having a woman on the ballot.


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Description> Jan Wagner, 2016.