A native of Chicago, Joy Picus was the
first female member of the Los Angeles City Council from the San Fernando Valley.
Elected to the seat in 1977, during her four terms in office she worked on pay equity,
childcare and family leave, and environmental and educational issues. The collection
documents these efforts and also preserves: administrative records; materials from her
election campaigns; publicity, speeches, and news clippings; and publications and notes
related to the committees on which she served.
Joy Picus (née Newberger) was born on November 18, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father
died shortly after she was born, and her mother, Daisy, supported the family by managing
an apartment complex. Picus graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1951 with a
degree in political science. Following completion of her degree, she returned to Chicago
where she met Gerald Picus, and the couple were married on March 9, 1952. In 1959, the
Picus family moved to California, where Gerald worked as a physicist for Hughes
Aircraft. They raised three children in Woodland Hills, where she served as community
organizer and volunteer for several organizations, among them the Girl Scouts, Cub
Scouts, the League of Women Voters, the Association of University Women, the Jewish
Federation Council, and the PTA.
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