Zoe Nicolson (she/her/hers)

ERA Officer

Zoe 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.  

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. 

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, and outspoken voice for LGBTQ rights.