In Celebration of Richey Rice Gore

[Editor's Note: The following post was written by IMOW's Founding Board Member Elizabeth Colton, in remembrance and celebration of her friend and former IMOW board member Richey Rice Gore.]

Richey Rice Gore lived her life according to her deeply held values of justice, equality and love. She had a big heart and a loving spirit which encompassed everybody who came into her life.

Richey served on the board of the International Museum of Women and the Women's Heritage Museum (the original organization that became IMOW) for 10 years, from 1992 to 2001. Her life was dedicated to creating opportunities for women. Her heart and volunteer time were deeply committed to working to expand the outreach of IMOW. During her board service she served as Treasurer and Vice-President. She helped the board make the bold and visionary decision to be a global organization, raising the voices of women from all walks of life and backgrounds, from all parts of the world. She helped produce our book fairs, exhibitions and events, as well as always reaching out to new communities. She was especially proud of her role in working in partnership with the African American Historical and Cultural Society to produce the exhibit, "Liberating the Trolley," the stories of six African American women who fought against racial discrimination in public transportation.

Richey's professional career was also dedicated to her values. She is recognized as a leader in California and the nation for her efforts to increase employment and training opportunities for women and minorities in the non-traditional careers of construction and technical employment. For over 30 years, Richey was an active advocate for apprenticeship, training and employment. For many she remained as an important friend, motivator and advocate throughout their lives.

Richey's daughter Kiwan often joined her in her dedicated work to IMOW, and remains part of the museum community. Richey is survived by Kiwan and a loving family and by friends from every part of her life who loved her. For information on a celebration of Richey's life to be held in San Francisco in September, please write