Outspoken A COPH Podcast
Episode Two: Primaries, Politics, and Women
In Episode Two: Primaries, Politics, and Women, Benjamin Cawthra sits down with COPH director, Natalie Fousekis, to disucss the ongoing project Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage and it's relevance to the current political climate. The political primaries and the significance of a female presidential candidate are hot topics during this episode. In the Out of the Archives segement, COPH archivist, Natalie Navar shares clips from our Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage project that especially speak to the current presidential election. Featured in this segment is Mary Hornbuckle, Joy Picus, Laura Chick, Helen Torres, and Ursula Kennedy.
Out of the Archive COPH Narrators
Mary Hornbuckle is a retired preschool director who later became involved in city poltics. She was a councilwoman for Costa Mesa for 12 years and served two terms as the mayor of Costa Mesa. Mary Hornbuckle was elected as the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce Woman of the year in 1997. She has also sat as the President for the Board of Trustees for the Coast Community College District. This interview was conducted by stduent Norman Zeledon in October of 2014.
Joy Picus was the first woman to represent the San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles City Council where she sat for 16 years. During her time on LA City Council she fought to make Los Angeles a more "family friendly" city through childcare and job share programs. Joy Picus was named Woman of the Year in 1985 by Ms. Magazine.
Laura Chick served 8 years on the Los Angeles City Council. She was the first woman to serve as LA City Controller where she served for 8 years. As LA City Controller she exposed a huge backlog of untested rape kits at LAPD. She also served as California Inspector General under Governor Swartzeneggar.
Helen Torres is the Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). HOPE is a nonprofit that ensures economic and politcal parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education. She spent 20 years building alliances in the Latina/o community through marketing, fundraising, and political involvement.
Ursula Kennedy spent 12 years on the Tustin City Council from 1978-1990. She came the first female mayor of Tustin where she served two terms in 1984 and 1988. When the local Dyna Chem plant was leaking pollutants into air, making people sick, she became a strong advocate for the environment.