Voran, Beverly

Political consultant





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ID 92
Title An oral history with Beverly Voran
Date 2016-11-30
OH ID OH 5951
Citation Beverly Voran interviewed by Abby Waldrop, November 30, 2016, Cathedral City, California, Oral History #5951, 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 19:18:19 UTC
Location Cathedral City, CA
Language English
Subjects Education → Early Childhood Education
Family → Grandparents
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
Education → Higher Education
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
Activism → Anti-War Activism
Military → Vietnam War
Family → Courtship
Media → Magazines → Ms. Magazine
Elected Officials → City Council → Pat Russell
Historic Periods → 1970s
Direct Action → Lobbying
Activism → Anti-Domestic Violence Activism
Direct Action → Fundraising
Elected Officials → City Council → Peggy Stevenson
City Council → Los Angeles City Council
Race Relations → Black-White Race Relations
Historic Periods → 1990s
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Women's Health → Birth Control
Community Organizations → National Organization for Women (NOW)
Ideology → Consciousness Raising (Feminist Movement)
Colleges → University of Kansas
Work → Farm Communities
Colleges → University of Kansas
Religion → Mennonites
Law and Public Policy → Domestic Violence Protection Act
Family → Domestic Violence → Domestic Violence Shelters
Community Organizations → Rosasharon
Activism → Non-profit(s) → Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)
Locations → Los Angeles, California → Construction of subway system


An oral history with Beverly Voran, a political activist, self-proclaimed feminist, and active supporter of the ongoing fight against domestic violence. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project for California State University, Fullerton. Specifically, this interview details Voran’s upbringing on a farm in Kansas and her family dynamic as a youth; her educational background in microbiology and psychology; involvement with the Antiwar Movement and the Civil Rights Movement, including her collegiate experience working on a leftist underground newspaper for Civil Rights; the formation of the Southern California Coalition on Battered Women; the relationship between Voran and the former Los Angeles councilwoman Pat Russell; the early days and development of women’s shelters in the Los Angeles area; her efforts to gain legislation and funding in Washington D.C., which came to fruition with the opening of an Office of Domestic Violence in the White House and the passing of the Domestic Violence Protection Act; her work at the Rose of Sharon women’s shelter; the importance of female involvement in politics as a means to take control of their own lives; and her overarching goal of empowering women by whatever means possible. *Audio is restricted.


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