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Helen "Sandy" Sandoz
(November 2, 1920 - June 7, 1987) U.S.A.

Helen Sandoz

Activist

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Helen "Sandy" Sandoz, after settling in San Francisco in the 1950s, discovered the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), and she soon became a fundamental part of the group's history.

In 1957, when DOB legally organized with a California state charter, Sandoz "was one of the courageous and far-sighted women who signed her real name in the state documents."

For over fifteen years, according to her life partner Stella Rush, "Sandy worked devotedly for the Daughters of Bilitis and its publication, 'The Ladder," serving at various times as president of DOB and editor of "The Ladder."

In late 1957, Sandoz moved to Los Angeles to be closer to Rush, and the women founded the L.A. chapter of DOB. In the early 1970s, Sandoz and Rush "decided not to follow others in 'The Ladder' and Daughters of Bilitis in joining forces with the new organization, National Organization for Women.

Although she believed in NOW's goals, [Sandoz] did not approve of much of the rhetoric, and she wanted to concentrate on getting rights for both gay men and lesbians in the homophile movement."

Sandy Sandoz died of lung cancer; she was sixty-six.

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