Veteran Feminists of America

Judith Meuli
Her Spirit Lives On

December 14, 2007

I was the national secretary of the Feminist Majority, an organization I founded with Eleanor Smeal, Toni Carabillo, Peg Yorkin, and Katherine Spillar in 1987 to encourage women to become involved in public affairs and the electoral process and a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

In 1988, I co-authored a book with Toni Carabillo entitled
The Feminization of Power. The book grew out of a traveling exhibit that Meuli and Carabillo created for a twelve-city Feminization of Power campaign tour to empower women to run for office in 1988.

I have been an activist and an organizer in the feminist movement since I joined the National Organization for Women in 1967.

In 1968, I was elected to serve for two years as secretary of the Los Angeles Chapter of NOW. From 1971 to 1977, I served almost continuously as a member of NOW's National Board of Directors. From 1971 through 1974, I served as Chair of the National Membership Committee, instituting reforms for the fast-growing organization such as central dues collection and an anniversary payment system. In 1974, I also chaired NOW's National Nominating Committee. In 1976, I was elected coordinator of the Hollywood chapter. I served as President of Los Angeles NOW from 1998 to 2000.

I was co-editor of NOW's national newsletter, NOW Acts, from 1970 to 1973, editor of Financing the Revolution, a catalog of fund-raising tips, in 1973, and co-editor of NOW's national newspaper, the National NOW Times, with a circulation of 250,000, from 1977 until 1985.

For the major part of my professional life, I have pursued both a career as a writer, graphic designer and jewelry designer and a career as a real estate broker and developer. In the latter role, in 1990, I designed and constructed a building to house the media center and archives for the Feminist Majority.

I hold a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota. For 10 years after graduating, I was a research scientist at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where I studied renal physiology.

My career as a scientist ended when I discovered that although I taught medical students research and surgical techniques, I was discouraged from entering medical school because I was female and, at thirty years old, I was considered too old.

In 1969, I co-founded the Women's Heritage Corporation, a publishing company that produced the Women's Heritage Calendar and Almanac and a series of paperbacks on such figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone. In 1970, I formed a graphic arts firm with Ms. Carabillo in Los Angeles. Women's Graphic Communications produces and distributes books, newspapers, political buttons, and pins.

I designed many of the symbols and logos of the women's movement, such as the designs for Woman's Equality, Human Liberation, Sisterhood, Matriarchy Lives, Woman's Peace, Older Women's League, Equal Rights Amendment, Woman Thinker, Failure Is Impossible, NOW's Commemorative medallion, and many feminist issue pins in cloisonné enamel.

My biography appears in
Who's Who In America and Who's Who of American Women.

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