Rebel Girls From Bay Area HistoryRebel Girls From Bay Area History

Rebel Girls From Bay Area History celebrates the amazing, mostly forgotten women whose lives, actions and sacrifices helped shape today’s Bay Area. They are educators, organizers, fighters, adventurers, and so much more. Founded in 2018 by its author Rae Alexandra, this KQED Arts & Culture series brings you inspiring life stories of brave women each month.

Know of a Rebel Girl From Bay Area History we should include? Contact author Rae Alexandra here.

The Sorority Sister Who Battled Racism in Berkeley and Beyond

An attractive young Asian-American woman poses seductively, lying on her front, with manicured hands folded across her chest.

The Chinatown Nightclub Dancer Who Helped Squash Asian Stereotypes

The 'Che Guevara of Abortion Reformers' Fought Hard For Reproductive Rights

The 1960s Women Whose Environmental Activism Saved the Bay

Sacramento’s First Black Principal Fought Tirelessly for Children of Color

The Pistol-Packing Gold Rush Gambler Who Beat Men at Their Own Game

The Woman Who Became ‘Mother India’ to Generations of South Asian Immigrants

A turn-of-the-century portrait of a middle-aged woman with dark but greying wavy hair, wearing a frilled white collar under a black dress, plus large hooped earrings.

The Single Mom Who Preserved Mexican American History in the 1800s

A beautiful blond woman with shoulder-length hair reveals a naked shoulder, arm and side, sandwiched between two large white feathers concealing the rest of her body.

The Burlesque Pioneer Who Fought Censorship and Multiple Arrests