Herman, Marcia

Co-Founder of Women's Political Committee, Los Angeles





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Title An oral history with Marcia Herman
Date 2016-09-13
OH ID OH 5933
Citation Marcia Herman interviewed by Abby Waldrop, September 13, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5933, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:18 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Grandparents
Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Siblings
Family → Marriage
Family → Courtship
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Historic Periods → 1970s
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Direct Action → Fundraising
Elections → Presidential Elections → Election 2016 (Trump/Clinton)
Women's Health → Planned Parenthood
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Military → Vietnam War
Recreation and Leisure → Travel
Women's Organizations → Women's Political Committee (Los Angeles)
Education → Student Loans/Tuition Repayment
Women's Organizations → Women's Political Committee (Los Angeles)
African American → Electeds / Appointed Officials → Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
Historic Events → Kent State
African American → Electeds / Appointed Officials → Isadore Hall III
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. House of Representatives → Nancy Pelosi
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. Senate → Elizabeth Warren


An oral history with Marcia Herman, co-founder of the Women’s Political Committee. 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 collect her life history and details her work and experiences with the Women’s Political Committee. Specifically, this interview details her family life and childhood growing up in Kansas City, Missouri; her mother’s involvement in the community with individuals who have intellectual disabilities; higher education at the University of Colorado and San Francisco and her parent’s response; how she met her husband; her childhood aspirations and decision to move out to California and get a degree in rehabilitation counseling; her work with the California Department of Rehabilitation; her husband’s work as a radiologist, his army service through the Berry Plan, and her time in Seoul, Korea in the mid-sixties; their time in Nuremburg, Germany and travels; the issues of sexual assault, chain of command, and the Army; recalls the Kent State shootings and her reactions and political awakening; moving back to Los Angeles and her initial involvement with Common Cause; her friendship and experiences helping Catherine “Cathy” O’Neill run for office in the eighties; her involvement with Women For: and decision to leave; the origins of Women’s Political Committee in 1977 and the organization’s mission; supporting Yvonne Brathwaite Burke in the late seventies; growing up as a feminist and the gender roles she experienced; further discusses the dynamics, early years, and current membership of the Women’s Political Committee; the organizations support of women candidates at the local and national level throughout the years as well as fundraising; the organizations biggest problems; how the organization has changed since its founding; her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and how the elective process has changed since 1977; the differences between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump; Women’s Political Committee’s future goals; why she thinks there are still few women in elected office; her thoughts on feminism; the differences in women and men leadership roles; ends the interview with the importance of women in politics and what she is most proud of in her life.


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