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California History Center: A Woman's Fight


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From peace activists in the First World War to the “Raging Grannies” of today, a new exhibit at the California History Center tells the story of an international women’s group that works for social equality and economic justice.

“A Woman’s Fight: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,” will be on display at the California History Center, located on the campus of De Anza College, from Jan. 30 through March 24.

The exhibit uses photos and memorabilia to trace the 102-year history of the WILPF, both locally and around the world. It highlights the experience of league members of Japanese ancestry who were held in U.S. internment camps during World War II. The exhibit also showcases the “Raging Grannies,” a group of senior activists who use costume and performance to advocate for peace and justice.

The California History Center and Foundation present exhibits, offer classes with De Anza College, publish books and operate a library and archives. The center is housed in the reconstructed Le Petit Trianon, a national registered landmark located on the De Anza campus. It is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Friday by appointment. Admission is free.

Raging Grannies

"Raging Grannies" rally for access to health care in San Jose, October 2006.

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Last Updated: 1/31/17