Women’s Museum of California Has Banner Year

| June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Women’s Museum of California is on the move. Reflecting on the organization’s milestones of 2011 – including a dramatic name change that broadened the scope of the museum’s mission, a series of high-profile, county-wide commemorations of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in California, and a sold-out Wine, Cheese  and Chocolate Festival in Balboa Park’s picturesque Spanish Village  – Executive Director Ashley Gardner considers the museum’s ability to break the $100,000 fundraising ceiling, for the first time, among the museum’s most affirming achievements.

Since taking the helm of the museum (formerly named the Women’s History Museum & Educational Center) in late 2007, Gardner has mastered the art of leveraging the nonprofit’s limited resources. Her recipe for success depends on three main ingredients: imagination, tenacity and a keen sense of curiosity that inspires every project she sets her mind to accomplish.

Ashley Gardner, executive director of Women's Museum of California.

“I believe in possibility,” Gardner stated emphatically. “When our board of directors decided to alter the museum’s title, broadening its local scope to encompass the history of women in California, we knew we had our work cut out for us.”

“What’s happened since we took that leap of faith has been incredible,” she continued. “On the heels of topping our $100,000 fundraising goal, we are the verge of realizing an exciting opportunity in 2012:  Moving to a larger, more centrally-located facility, with ample space to house our various exhibits and extensive historical archives.”

The Women’s Museum of California is committed to educating and inspiring present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience. It is one of only five museums in the United States dedicated to telling the story of how women have shaped the course of history. It is relocating to NTC Promenade at Liberty Station in June 2012.

For more information about the museum’s signature exhibits, research archives, special events, and community programs please visit womensmuseumca.org/

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