Wagner, Jan

President, League of Women Voters of North Orange County





An oral history of Jan Wagner, current president of the League of Women Voters of North Orange County, former Board Member of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), School Board President, and Founding Director of PYLUSD Ed. Foundation. 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 serving the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District as well as her time spent working for the League of Women Voters. Specifically, this interview provides information on Jan’s childhood growing up in a military family where her father worked as a naval officer; she explains how gender roles manifested in her own family; she describes a moment when as a child the laws of segregation prevented her and an African American girl from playing together; she talks about her involvement with the League of Women Voters; she explains the League’s purpose and work throughout the years on different issues: integration and community involvement in human rights in the 1960s and 1970s, welfare reform and child care during the Clinton era, as well as education; she details the League’s board election process; she explains her four year role as president of the League of Women Voters of North Orange County and the Leagues’ focus on voter service and advocacy; she describes the League’s present participation on the 2016 presidential election; she describes how the polarization of our government reflects on the polarization of our society; she explains some of the issues that are preventing the League from becoming both age and ethnically diverse; she discusses her twelve years of service at the Yorba Linda Unified School District; she explains the controversial measures of Prop 13; she explains her views on “No Child Left Behinds,” “Common Core”; and charter schools; she shares her views on American politics today and the significance of having a woman on the ballot. Bulk Dates: 1960-2016 Keywords: League of Women Voters of North Orange County, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, “No Child Left Behind,” Common Core, 2016 presidential election, segregation.


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