Goldberg, Jackie

Former member of the Los Angeles School Board; Los Angeles City Council; California State Assembly





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Title An oral history with Jackie Goldberg
Date 2016-02-16
OH ID OH 5961
Citation Jackie Goldberg interviewed by Natalie Fousekis, May 16, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5961, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2018-04-24 21:10:06 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Parents
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Religion → Judaism
Education → Early Childhood Education
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Education → Higher Education
Activism → Student Activism
Colleges → University of California Berkeley
Direct Action → Picket lines
Student Activism → Sit-ins
Direct Action → Strikes
Work → Occupations → Teaching
Locations → Compton, California
Ideology → Feminism
Gender and Sexuality → Coming Out
Counties → Los Angeles → Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Elected Officials → Board of Supervisors → Gloria Molina
Family → Parenting
City Council → Los Angeles City Council
Locations → Hollywood, California
Gender and Sexuality → Women's Rights
Elected Officials → California State Legislature → California State Assembly
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Historic Events → McCarthyism
Locations → Echo Park, California
Locations → Los Angeles, California
Education → School desegregation
Ideology → Consciousness Raising (Feminist Movement)


An oral history with Jackie Goldberg, former member of the California State Assembly, Los Angeles School Board, and Los Angeles City Council. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics & 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 Goldberg’s history in activism and politics. Specifically, she discusses her parents’ lives in Los Angeles, and family background as Jewish immigrants; talks about growing up in Inglewood, the racism she encountered; mentions family’s involvement in the Jewish community; recounts losing her faith; details high school experience and exposure to politics; recalls early activism against racism; details involvement with Women Strike for Peace and SLATE, while demonstrating at UC Berkeley; recounts activism with the Ad Hoc Committee Against Discrimination, including her first arrest; recalls Delta Phi Epsilon sorority life; mentions participation in Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement and third arrest; describes process of becoming a feminist; details participation in the Women’s International Democratic Federation in 1963, and exposure to anti-American sentiment while at the World Congress of Women in Moscow; recounts how McCarthyism made it difficult to apply to the University of Chicago, and details her protests there against the Vietnam War; recalls difficulty finding work as a teacher in Chicago, and efforts to tackle racism in schools; mentions similar experiences trying to teach in Los Angeles, ultimately teaching happily in Compton for twenty-one years; details activism in Echo Park/Silverlake community; recounts meeting partner Sharon while working for school integration, and her growing identity as a lesbian; discusses successful run for the LA school board; mentions development of a peace curriculum, and an AIDS policy; recalls leaving office; describes work with Gloria Molina; talks about financial and family difficulties while in office; details run for city council and being outed as gay; lists her accomplishments on the council, working with other women, and dealing with the issues faced by women firefighters and police; recounts effort to develop the domestic partner registry and impact; expresses how women politicians are generally less prideful than men and more willing to cooperate; discusses insistence on tackling issues that no one else would; recalls run for the State Assembly; describes difficulties facing women in politics; reflects on Election 2016; and finally, expresses pride in her work to improve people’s lives and education.


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