Women’s Museum of California

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    The Women’s Museum of California is a nonprofit museum and an educational center dedicated to women’s history. The goal of the museum is to collect and preserve women’s experiences, interpret them, and bring untold stories of remarkable women to light. It also hosts the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame.
    Learn about women’s history through the displays and changing exhibits, such as ‘marching toward empowerment’, ‘groundbreaking girls’, and ‘100 years of handbags’.
    You can explore the museum library and research the archive that includes books and special collections, such as artifacts of the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the late 19th century and early 20th century, a collection of period women’s clothing dating from the 18th century, and materials related to the UN Conference on the Status of Women.
    There are also workshops, lectures, and special events like film nights, sketch comedy shows, historic clothing show, and the monthly discussion meetings. At the museum store, you can purchase artworks of local women artists and a variety of gifts, items, and artifacts.
    The museum was founded by Mary B. Maschal, a women’s rights activist and a collector of women’s history items. In 1983, Maschal opened her home to the public, naming her collection ‘The Women’s History Reclamation Project’. She started her collection because of her disappointment over the lack of knowledge about women’s history among the younger generation.
    In 1997, one year before Maschal passed away, she moved the collection out of her own home and into an Art Union Building.

    The Women's Museum of California

    Founded in 1983 by Mary Maschal the Women’s Museum of California has grown from a small collection of historical memorabilia to a full-fledged Museum preserving women’s stories, one of only three museums dedicated to women’s history in the country. Maschal’s motivation for starting the Museum was to teach girls and boys that women are equally capable as men to lead and find success and the many untold stories of women throughout history will inspire young people to do whatever it is they want to do.
    Today, the Women’s Museum welcomes 10,000 visitors a year, mentors over a hundred student interns, produces 9 exhibits in-house each year and hosts monthly educational programming to further inspire the public on women’s stories and issues.

    Learn more about the Women's Museum of California at http://womensmuseumca.org/
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    Address: 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92106
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