Progressive Oakland Women for Empowerment and Reform (POWER)

Women of POWER
POWER's First Women's History Month Kickoff photo


Upcoming Events:



  • Progressive Oakland Women for Empowerment and Reform (POWER) was formed in October 2011 by the organizers of the Oakland Suffrage Parade. It includes leaders of the Alameda County Historical Society, American Association of University Women, California Women’s Agenda, Cinnamon Girl, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Emerge California, League of Women Voters and the National Women’s History Project. The ad-hoc coalition decided to continue producing events to celebrate, connect and transform the lives of women: past, present and future. Please read about what POWER has accomplished in the years since it was established:


  • Oakland Suffrage ParadeOakland Suffrage Parade
    This October 2, 2011 re-enactment of the 1908 Oakland Suffrage Parade,
    was joined by an estimated 250 participants from at least 10 organizations. 
    See video & photos, view the program, and learn more>

  • Celebration of Women's History Month:

  • Delilah BeasleyFirst Annual Ms. Delilah Beasley Tea - September 15, 2012
    View program flyer>
    Program details>

  • damesCelebration of Women's History Month:
    Dames of the Roundtable
    - March 23, 2013
    View program

  • Delilah BeasleySecond Annual Ms. Delilah Beasley Tea - September 15, 2013
    Honoree: Cora Manese Tellez
    View program

  • picsCelebration of Women's History Month:
    Conversation with Extraordinary Women of Oakland Past
    - March 22, 2014
    View program

  • Delilah BeasleyThird Annual Ms. Delilah Beasley Tea - September 13, 2014
    Honoree: Angela Glover Blackwell
    View program

  • program picCelebration of Women's History Month:
    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties: How Do We Move Forward?
      - March 21, 2015
    View program
    View event photos

POWER: A Coalition of Women Leaders
Our mission is to recognize courageous women of the past upon whose shoulders we stand and
to lead the way in advancing reforms that build and empower communities.

  Annalee Allen
Kathleen Cha
Gloria Fangon-Hitz
Dee Johnson
Lenore Gallin
Richelle Lieberman
Judy McCord
Carol Norberg
Louise Rothman-Riemer
Gloria Taylor
Sandra Threlfall
Dawna Williams

5435 College Avenue, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94618