Judith Meuli

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Judith Meuli (1938-2007)[1] was an American feminist, activist and scientist.

Judith Meuli
Born(1938-01-15)January 15, 1938
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
DiedDecember 14, 2007(2007-12-14) (aged 69)
Cause of deathMultiple Myeloma (Cancer)

Early life and Education[edit]

Judith Meuli was born in 1938 to parents Isabel Meuli (nee. Dresel) and Earle Meuli in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Her siblings are Yvonne Herbert (nee. Meuli), Allan R. Meuli, Dr. Earle Maile, and Gerald R. Meuli.[2]. In 1963, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota[2]. For the next 10 years, Meuli was a research scientist at her alma mater, and then the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied renal physiology.[3] Although she taught surgical techniques and research methods at the university, Meuli was discouraged from entering medical school by her peers due to her gender as well as her age.[4]

Work in Women's Empowerment[edit]

Work in National Organization for Women[edit]

Meuli joined the National Organization for Women in 1967. She helped found the Los Angeles chapter of NOW[5], and served as secretary from 1968-1970.[4] She was the co-editor of NOW Acts (NOW's national newsletter) from 1970-1973, co-editor of the National NOW Times (the national newspaper) from 1977-1985, and editor of Financing the Revolution in 1973.[4] Meuli was a member of NOW's national Board of Directors from 1971-1977, serving as the Chair of the National Membership Committee from 1971-1974, on the National Nominating Committee in 1974, And coordinator of the Hollywood chapter of NOW in 1976. She was president of Los Angeles NOW from 1998-2000.[4] Meuli also co-edited the National NOW publication "Do it NOW" with her partner Toni Carabillo,[6] as well as creating a line of feminist jewelry to raise money for NOW and the Equal Rights Amendment campaign.[7]

Books[edit]

The Feminization of Power was published in 1988,[4] co-written with her partner Toni Carabillo. 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.[3]

The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993 (1993) was written with Toni Carabillo and June Csida.[3]

Women's Heritage Corporation[edit]

In 1969, she 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 people such as Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.[3]

Women's Graphic Communications[edit]

In 1970, Meuli created a graphic arts firm with her partner Toni Carabillo[3].

She designed many graphic images for T-shirts, buttons, etc., most famously one that combines the symbol for women with the "equals" sign across the circle called the Brassy, one of which was given to Pope Paul VI by Betty Friedan in 1973.[8] She made 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.[3]

The Feminist Majority Foundation[edit]

In 1987, Feminist Majority (now known as Feminist Majority Foundation) was founded by Judith Meuli, Eleanor Smeal, Toni Carabillo, Peg Yorkin, and Katherine Spillar to "encourage women to be come involved in public affairs and [the] electoral process"[4]. She was secretary and board member. In 1990, she designed and constructed a building to host their media center and archives.[9][10]

The Feminist Majority Foundation publishes Ms. Magazine and ran a national clinic access project, where they trained members on how to defend from antiabortion extremists.[5] They also led campaigns to pass the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, as well as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)[11].

Other Involvement in Women's Rights Organizations[edit]

She also designed the Veteran Feminists of America pin and medal of honor, and was a member of their national board.[10] She was awarded their Trailblazer Award in 2006.[12]

in 1977, Meuli became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP).[13] WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization which works to increase communication between women and connect the public with forms of women-based media.

She is featured in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, and Feminists Who Changed America.[3]

Death and Legacy[edit]

Judith Meuli died December 14, 2007 at age 69 of Multiple Myeloma at her San Fernando Valley home in California.[6] She is survived by her partner, Stephanie Palmer. Meuli donated her archive collections to the Schlesinger Library at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute in Massachusetts. Her archives can also be found in Harvard and UCLA's digital collections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activist worked for women's rights - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  2. ^ a b "JudithMeuli.com". wayback.archive-it.org. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993 - Authors' Biographies - Feminist Majority Foundation". Feminist.org. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Judith Meuli". www.veteranfeministsofamerica.org. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  5. ^ a b Rourke, Mary (2007-12-20). "Activist worked for women's rights". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  6. ^ a b Rourke, Mary (December 20, 2007). "Activist worked for women's rights". LA Times. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  7. ^ "NOW Mourns Loss of Feminist Leader Judith Meuli". wayback.archive-it.org. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ "The Feminist Chronicles, 1953-1993 - 1973 - Feminist Majority Foundation". Feminist.org. 1949-01-03. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  9. ^ "Feminist Daily News 1/18/2008: Judith Meuli Remembered". Feminist.org. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  10. ^ a b Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975 - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  11. ^ "Reports from Around the World: USA; the Feminist Majority Foundation". WIN News. 24 (3): 60. Summer 1998 – via ProQuest.
  12. ^ "VFA Obituaries". Vfa.us. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  13. ^ "Associates | The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press". www.wifp.org. Retrieved 2017-06-21.