“She's a strong cup of coffee.”
Zoe Nicholson has been standing in front of a room and in the public square with one message, WAKE UP. And with each day, each event, each year, waking up to something new has led to a dynamic life that unfolded sharply, quickly, deeply. She is not one to “suffer fools,” but that impatience is wielded at herself far more than anyone else. If she has one gift that outshines all others it is the ability to collect information, consolidate and articulate it in a whole new way. She is intense, inspiring and a true change maker.
From a distance it could appear that her life is a wild ride but below the surface it is clear, Zoe Nicholson has never take her eyes off of her goal; liberation and equality. Collecting experiences in church reform, feminism, civil rights, LGBT and Peace Movements, Zoe has funneled it all into a refined understanding of intersectionality. Early professional computer training set her on a solid path for using social media at the start.
Activist, author and speaker, Zoe Nicholson holds a B.A. in Theology, Quincy University, 1969 and a M.A. in Ethics, USC, 1975. She began her professional life teaching high school for five years. In 1976, she opened and operated The Magic Speller Bookstore, a women’s bookstore in Newport Beach, CA. In 1982, she joined six women in Springfield, Illinois., in a public and political fast for 37 days in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her memoir is The Hungry Heart ~ A Women's Fast for Justice, from Lune Soleil Press. Zoe finished a new full life, The Engaged Heart. It contains many of her speeches and 125 personal photos. Her printing was financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
With the close of her independent bookstore, she served for a year as Director of the Orange County Free Clinic. In 1985, she completed the professional computer program at Computer Learning Center and worked in hi tech, software development and recruiting for fifteen years. Zoe is founding partner and manages Eclipse Data Systems.
Zoe is the founder of ERA Once and for All, member of the National ERA Roundtable, lifelong member of NOW and president of Pacific Shore NOW, co-founder of The Bridge Project, and outspoken voice for LGBTQAI rights. Featured in the films, March On and An American Housewife (in production) Her heroes are Gandhi, Alice Paul and the activists she has met along the way. She has been the target of POTUS' ire, escorted out by the Secret Service and champion of the repeal of DADT. She stood in fron of SCOTUS, March 2013. On any given day you can hear her, “I have been straight, gay, lesbian and bi; I have had an abortion and fasted for the ERA. I hang out at the intersection of feminism and equality. For me, there is no place else to be.”
The Engaged Heart ~ An Activist's Life
The Hungry Heart ~ A Woman’s Fast for Justice
The Passionate Heart
Matri ~ Letters from the Mother
Contributor to Feminists who Changed America 1963 – 1975
Edited & wrote over 120 bios of Second Wave feminists.
OnlinewithZoe began in 2000 with political commentary, equality
information and conscience philosophy.
Social Justice Summit Keynote Address Cal State Fullterton
Pomonoa Women's Union
Purdue LGBTQ Center
March at Purdue Keynote Address
Minnesota NOW & Prairie Region NOW State Conference
NWPC ERA Panel
UN Women’s Peace Walk
Take Back the Night
Claremont Graduate School
Texas A & M
Harvey Milk Conference, Austin TX
Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
Social Justice Summit, Cal State Fullerton
Santa Monica City College
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Long Beach
University of California Irvine
University of California Bakersfield
Conference National Women’s History Project
Chapman University Democratic Club
San Diego Central NOW
National Conference Federally Employed Women.
Film & Television & Radio & Media
Featured in March On
Featrued in An American Housewife (in production)
Women’s Advisory Board West Hollywood
The Mara Brown Show
The Aware Show
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
The Computer Channel ~ Graphical User Interface Architecture series
Lune Soleil Press Owner 2003 +
Eclipse Data Systems.com Partner & Manager 2001 +
Eclipse Global, publishing consultation & book production 2006 +
Software Design, Development and Sales 1993- 2001
Computer Business Analyst 1985 – 1992
Director of the Free Clinic of Orange County 1983 - 1984
Built, owned operated Magic Speller Bookstore, 1976-1982
High School teacher 1969 – 1975
Co-Coordinator BayView NOW
VP Membership CA NOW
Treasurer CA NOW
NOW National Lead for the National Equality March 2009.
Convener and President Pacific Shore NOW
California Rep ERA Roundtable
Board of Directors Veteran Feminists of America
National ERA Liaison for Veteran Feminists of America
Demonstrations, Marches, Protests ~ 1968 to last week
B.A. Theology Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois, 1969
M.A. Ethics, University of Southern California, 1975
Computer Programmer Certification, Computer Learning Center, Somerville, MA, 1986