Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

aka www.womensmuseumca.org   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.womensmuseumca.org

Mission

The mission of the Women's Museum of California is to educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of diverse women by collecting, preserving, and interpreting their stories.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Felicia Shaw

Main address

1649 EL PRADO

San Diego, CA 92101 USA

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Formerly known as

Women's History Museum and Educational Center

EIN

95-3893212

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Educational Progamming

In 2013, we fulfilled our vision to flourish as a genuine women's educational center as well as an outstanding museum. Throughout the year, our space buzzed with visitors, arriving to attend a meeting, event, tour, concert, or the current exhibit. Not shy about controversy, we sponsored workshops on sexual harassment, human trafficking, sexual assaults in the military, and other intense subjects. Many of these events and meetings were co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, National Council of Negro Women, League of Women Voters, Older Women's League, Soroptimists, National Council of Jewish Women, etc. Poetry and writing workshops; Circles of Conversation; performance and creative art classes are some of the formats of our educational programming which to appeal to a broad audience. Since moving to Liberty Station, our annual attendance jumped from 1,200 to 12,000. We strive to make our educational programming reflective of issues of concern to today's women.

Population(s) Served

Our main community event is the annual production of the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, now in its 13th year in partnership with the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women, SDSU and UCSD's Women's Center. Each year 5 local women are selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in recognition of her life's work and contributions to the community of San Diego. The Induction Ceremony is held in the community and attended by a wide and diverse audience including many school students who assist in production of the event. The event pays for itself through sponsors and sales of dinner tickets. In addition, we produce the annual Suffrage Parade in Balboa Park as a way to acknowledge Women's Suffrage Day each August. Public concerts which promote and support women artists draw between 500 and 1000 visitors. We participate with other museums in Dia de los Museos bringing arts and cultural education to under-served parts of our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer two traveling exhibits to the community: "Women Who Dare", 11 pillars highlighting the lives of 22 women from the Americas from 1600 to the present who made contributions to their community despite societal pressures upon their gender and "A Moral Earthquake" an eight panel exhibit illustrating the role San Diego women played in winning the vote for women in California. These exhibits are installed in city and school libraries for 2 to 4 accompanied by written material in both English and Spanish. We also offer academic speakers to present to students at no charge to the school.Part of our historic clothing collection includes replicas of fashions from 1600 to 1970. We offer to the community an hour clothing presentation which describes the social impact of women's clothing and what the fashion tells us about women's lives of the time. The program utilizes student volunteer as models who experience working with the public and understanding how history can be interpreted.

Population(s) Served

Our library of over 5000 books is a unique collection of books, journals and magazines which focus entirely on the history and experience of women's work, lives and experiences in America. It includes rare books as well as a contemporary selection written by, for and about women. The library is available to members for reading and research and is a prime resource in much of our programming. We have utilized the library for curriculum for many student projects. The titles of our current collection is available on-line to the public through our website. We are able to fulfill requests for information from researchers and students both locally and beyond San Diego. In addition, our archive collection which was begun in 1983 is a rich, broad and deep resource both both exhibit material and research demands. Students often have the opportunity to work in the archives both in assessment and in cataloging.

Population(s) Served

With our exhibition space now three times as large as our previous location, we have been striving to balance the installation of both permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits which change every 2 to three months. Our current permanent exhibits include: Origins of the Women's Museum 1983 to 2012; The March Toward Empowerment: the US Suffrage Movement; Women Trailblazers of California; and the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Interactive Exhibit. Next we will install the Second Wave of Feminism: 1969 to 1979 as a permanent part of the exhibition space. This allows us to mount 6 rotating exhibitions in the Gallery every year. Our immediate past exhibits included: a juried art show "Capturing the Wonder of Women"; "Women of the Issei Generation: 1942; a one woman Show "Francine Filsinger"; "Wonder Woman: On paper and off"; "Viva el Mariachi Feminil - 1903 - 2013"; "The Guts Behind the Glamour: 1920 - 1930. In 2014, the Women Artists of the West annual exhibition and paint off.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Women's Museum of California hosts this multi-day festival annually in an effort to provide female storytellers a platform to share their work, connect with each other and a uniquely supportive audience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2007

National Organization of Women (NOW) 2003

United Way Member Agency 1999

World Affairs Councils of America - Member 2013

Soroptimist International 2012

Financials

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Women's Museum of California

Board of directors
as of 7/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Spear

Pacific Sotheby's

Term: 2011 - 2018

Amy Spear

Pacific Sotheby's

Julia Altieri

UCLA

Kim Goodwin, MD, FACOG

West Coast OBGYN

Erica Iwaszkiewicz

ARS National Services

Barbi Appelquist

Cohen Gardner LLP

Susannah Stokes

Facebook

Andrea da Rosa

Balboa Travel

Melanie Cohn

BioCom

Connie Broussard

Broussard Law

Janessa Goldbeck

USMC

Anne Hoiberg

Retired

Amanda Tompkins

Non Profit Consultant

Alajandra Sotelo-Solis

MANA Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes