Adler, Louise

Professor, Cal State Fullerton; Co-founder of Women in Leadership (WIL)





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ID 9
Title An oral history with Louise Adler
Date 2013-10-22
OH ID OH 5346
Citation Louise Adler interviewed by Katherine Tello, October 22, 2013, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5346, transcript, Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:02 UTC
Location Fullerton, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. House of Representatives → Richard Hanna
Citizenship → Voter Registration
Elections → Presidential Elections → John Kennedy, 1960
Humanitarian Organizations → United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Women in the Workplace → Teacher/Professor
Community Organizations → Women in Leadership (WIL)
Women's Rights → Pro-Choice
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. House of Representatives → Loretta Sanchez
Politics → Democrats versus Republicans
Women's Rights → Pro-Life
Activism → Advice on getting involved


An oral history with Louise Adler, spouse of (deceased) chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, Howard Adler and co-founder of Women in Leadership (WIL). 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 Adler’s involvement with WIL and her job as professor in the CSUF Education Department. Specifically, this interview talks about Adler’s single-parent childhood and educational background; explains how she became involved with politics; recalls bird-dogging and work as voter registrar; remembers hearing President Kennedy’s “Ask Not” speech and describes Orange County’s reaction to his candidacy; tells how she met her husband, Howard Adler, on Congressman Hanna’s campaign and why they married; recalls living in Washington D.C. in the 1960s and her involvement with anti-war demonstrations and the New Mobilization; comments on Congressman Hanna’s connection to the Koreagate scandal; explains why she went back to school for her education doctorate; recalls being hired as the first female tenure track professor in CSUF’s Education Department; documents the departments personnel and accreditation struggles; explains why she co-founded Women in Leadership (WIL) with Carol Barnes and Marilyn Brewer and why they created it as a political action committee; describes how WIL vets potential candidates; explains how WIL defines “moderate” and why candidates have to be pro-choice; talks about the Republican “War on Women”; describes how feminism has changed between 1960s and current generation; explains why she opposed the merger between St. Joseph and Hoag hospitals and how WIL got involved; describes why she considers herself an activist and what motivates her to continue; and finally, talks about what she’s most proud of through her work in WI.


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