The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation has selected the Center for Oral and Public History’s “Women, Politics and Activism” project for a $211,550 grant. Natalie Fousekis, center director and associate professor of history, is leading the project, which will add a significant body of research on the political lives and actions of Southern California women from the 1960s to the present by gathering 100 new oral histories and making accessible another 45 recently recorded interviews.
Cal State Fullerton students trained in oral history methodology will conduct a majority of the interviews, which will be made available to the public in fall 2017 through a project-dedicated website.
“By recording women’s memories, this project will demonstrate the myriad ways women have participated in politics — from formal, elected office to local community-based organizations,” says Fousekis.
The Haynes Foundation is a leading supporter of social science research in the Los Angeles region.