The collection pertains to social activist Carla Kirkwood and is related to her interest in women’s rights, the working class,
and her art projects.
Born into a military family in San Diego, Carla Kirkwood is an Emmy-winning writer, director, and social activist. Kirkwood’s
activism has focused on women’s liberation and issues of the working class. In 1969, as a student at San Diego State College,
she helped found the nation’s first women’s studies program. From 1974-1977, Kirkwood was active in the International Association
of Machinists in San Diego. She was also safety steward for the United Steel Workers Local 1010 at Inland Steel Corporation
in East Chicago, Indiana, before turning her attention to theater.