Fuhrman, Mary

Former Member Buena Park School District Governing Board; Former President and member of the League of Women Voters of North Orange County





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ID 81
Title An oral history with Mary Fuhrman
Date 2016-08-25
OH ID OH 5899
Citation Mary Fuhrman interviewed by Scherly Virgill, August 25, 2016, Buena Park, California, Oral History #5899, 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 19:18:16 UTC
Location Buena Park, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Grandparents
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
War → World War II → Pearl Harbor
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Education → Higher Education
Community Organizations → League of Women Voters (LWV)
Community Organizations → Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Elections → Election Campaign Strategies
Education → School Board
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Activism → Education Activism


An oral history of Mary Furhman, former Buena Park School District Governing Board member, retired Buena Park teacher of 23 years, former president and active member of the League of Women Voters of North Orange County. 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 spent working for the Buena Park School District as well as her service to the League of Women Voters. Specifically, this interview provides information on Mary’s childhood growing up in a small town that cared very much about education; she explains that profits from the oil industry were invested on educational programs that allowed many students to learn how to play an instrument; she discusses that although it was common for women to receive an education, the careers options for women were limited; she describes the day she heard about the attacks on Pearl Harbor and remembers the day people celebrated the end of the war; she discusses her involvement in the League of Women Voters; she discusses the League’s need to recruit younger members and minority groups; she explains the League’s greatest role in the 2016 Presidential elections; she explains the work the League does for the community such as preparing Pros and Cons talks about the issues on the ballot and organize candidate forums; she discusses the way the League of Women Voters of North Orange County is organized; she explains how her League’s division is organized into five committee teams; she credits the League’s president Jan Wagner for this new concept; she discusses her involvement in the Buena Park School District; she explains how she was elected for the school board in 1994; she discusses how she got the support of both the teacher’s union and the classified union to run her campaign; she discusses her contribution selecting Carol Riley, the first woman superintendent of the district; she shares her views on how men and women lead; she discusses her views on feminism; she talks about her opinions on American politics today and the 2016 Presidential Election.


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