Parker, Elizabeth

Former member and youngest candidate elected to the Orange County Board of Education





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Title An oral history with Elizabeth Dorn Parker
Date 2016-08-04
OH ID OH 5892
Citation Elizabeth Dorn Parker interviewed by Scherly Virgill, August 4, 2016, Costa Mesa, California, Oral History #5892, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Costa Mesa, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Grandparents
Family → Parenting
Elections → Propositions → Proposition 13
Religion → Judaism
Family → Values
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking → Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
Education → School Board
Education → Education and Gender
Education → Early Childhood Education
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Elections → Local Elections
Elections → Campaigning
Elections → Canvassing
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → Ageism
Education → After-School Tutoring
Republican Party
Community Organizations → League of Women Voters (LWV)
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Family → Family Advocacy
Education → Higher Education
Colleges → Orange Coast College
Counties → Orange County → Orange County Department of Education
Counties → Orange County → Orange County Board of Education
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → Ageism
Education → School Dropouts
Education → Continuation School
Education → Public Schools
Education → Charter Schools
Education → Common Core
Education → Standardized testing


An oral history of Elizabeth (Liz) Parker, former member of the Orange County Board of Education and the youngest to be elected to office at the age of twenty-two. 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 spent in office as well as her time spent serving her community. Specifically, this interview provides information on Liz’s childhood growing up in a politically active Jewish traditional family; she discusses her family’s affiliation to politics and her brother’s participation in the creation of California Healthy Families; she explains how through her involvement in student government at UCLA she became active helping under-represented students from South Central schools; she discusses the election process that got her into office; she talks about the challenges during her first years in office; she explains how her age more than being a woman was her biggest disadvantage while working among men; she details information about her thirty-two years in office; she discusses the way in which politics and political campaigns have evolved over time; she explains how raising money is difficult for women who get into politics; she also explains how the Republican Party in her view discourage women from running into office; she discusses her involvement with women’s organizations such as Women in Leadership and the League of Women Voters; she explains her views on how different women lead compared to men and the reasons she thinks women have harder time succeeding in politics; she explains that shifting the role of the County Office of Education is one of her greatest accomplishments; she comments on her views on charter schools; she discusses the issues around “common core”; she discusses her future professional career plans; she explains her views on American Politics today and how as a Republican she plans to vote for Hillary Clinton; she offers a candid advise to women who are interested in getting involve in politics. Bulk Dates: 1960 - 2016 Keywords: Orange County Board of Education, League of Women Voters, under-represented students, Republican party, women in politics, Women in Leadership, Hillary Clinton, American politics, County Office of Education.


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Description> Elizabeth Parker at Orange Coast College Administration’s lobby after her interview, 2016.
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Description> Elizabeth Parker with interviewer Scherly Virgill, 2016.