A bit of the history.

Coalition of Womens Arts Organizations was formed to give women artists a voice to government and a presence in the larger women's movement.

Joyce Aiken, Professor of Art, UC Fresno, was elected President in 1978.

Ellouise Schoettler continued her work as Washington Lobbyist which she began in 1977 - but with a new title, Executive Director.

On a personal note: Joyce and I had never met until we were paired to lead the Coalition. We hit it off immediately and became
friends as well as professional partners.

Its a small world. My husband Jim grew up in Fresno, CA. It turns out that he and Joyce grew up in the same neighborhood, both went to Fresno High School, and graduated in the same class from Fresno State College. Practically family.

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