Sewell, Sandra

Former Compton City Councilwoman


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An oral history of Sandra Sewell, former Compton City Councilwoman. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and 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 her time on the Compton City Council as well as her efforts advocating for the elderly. Specifically, this interview talks ahy she started Centro de Niños and why parental involvement is crucial; challenges to working with centro and what keeps her motivated; importance of STEM programs; describes her leadership style; talks about how she sees her role as an activist; what it was like working with Latino men in a position of authority; how she balanced her work and family life; how being a mother influences her activism; differences in how men and women lead; how activism has changed for women over the years; role of faith in her life; what she’s most proud of; why social justice is important to her; why it’s important for women to be involved in activism and politics; and finally, shares advice to young women interested in activism.

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Second session of the oral history of Sandra Sewell, community activist. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and 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 her time with Centro de Niños. Specifically, this interview talks about Sewall’s family background; her first experiences with discrimination in Los Angeles; explains why college was not an option for her as a Latina and how she responded to academic boredom; why she moved to Los Angeles; shares about siblings career paths; values she learned from her family; how she met her husband and her children; talks about her involvement with Comisión Femenil including the schism between college educated members vs. those who weren’t and her term as national president; talks witnessing Robert Kennedy’s assassination and seeing the “girl in the polka dot dress”; why she helped with Gloria Molina’s Assembly campaign and their personal falling out; how the Comisión Femenil served as a training ground for women in leadership positions; involvement as commissioner on the Pasadena Commission for the Status of Women; why she sees herself as a humanist; how 2016 presidential nominee Bernie Sanders motivated the younger generation and challenges with his education plan; why finances is the number one political obstacle; and finally, discusses what unique contributions women make as activists.

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