Women & Activism in the Westside

​​Just over one hundred years ago Congress passed the 19th Amendment, prohibiting the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. A year later it was ratified on August 18, 1920, and became official law on August 26, 1920. However voting rights continued to be denied to people on the basis of racial and ethnic origin for years to come, making this a bittersweet victory for the many women of color who fought for women’s suffrage.

 

This exhibit tells a more inclusive story of women activists in the Westside. Women who marched, boycotted and rallied for social change. Women who organized church tamaladas, circulated petitions and spoke out at city council meetings. Women who led school PTAs and shared their homes with families displaced by flooded neighborhoods. Women who celebrated their identity and culture and challenged male-dominated industries. Politicians, neighborhood activists, educators, labor leaders, journalists, ranchera singers and carpa performers. Women who intentionally worked toward the change they wished to see. Women who acted on what they believe. Women who are remembered by their daughters and granddaughters, who are vital members of la comunidad del Westside. 

 

Explore these stories of women activists in the Westside.

Beatrice Gallego

Community activist and COPS President

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Anita Janet Cortez

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Beatriz Llamas

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Cecilia Sánchez Moreno

Neighborhood and education activist

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Eva Garza

Pioneer of Mexicana women in theater

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María Antonietta Berriozábal

Community, environment, and housing activist

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Manuela Solís Sager

Labor organizer and social justice activist

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Arcadia Hernández López

Bilingual Education Pioneer

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Blanca Rosa Rodríguez

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Emilia Sánchez

Community activist, "Kelly Katie"

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Isabel Casillas Sánchez

Neighborhood and Education Activist

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Rita Vidaurri

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Olivia Sánchez Zamarripa

Social justice, labor, and political activist

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Beatriz Escalona

Pioneer of Mexicana women in theater

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Carolina Malpica Munguía

Community and education activist

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Emma Tenayuca

Social justice, labor and education activist

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Jovita Idár

Teacher, journalist and political activist

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Sebastiana Ramirez Rodríguez

Community and church activist

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