First Ladies: Jane Stanford, Virginia Knight, Mollie Low, Isabella Gillett, and Jane Waterman First Ladies: Gayle Wilson, Bernice Brown, Anne Gust Brown, Nancy Reagan, and Maria Shriver

First Ladies of California

This section is dedicated to the women who acted as First Lady from the birth of the State of California in 1849 to the present.

Although the role of First Lady has changed and become increasingly more active, a glance back into history proves that First Ladies have always played an important role in the service of California citizens. From the beginning of California's statehood to present day, they have balanced the demanding responsibilities of their prestigious position while enduring hardships, tragedies, and the daily difficulties of life and a family.

This section contains pictures of the First Ladies along with passages excerpted from "The First Ladies of California" which provide a small glimpse into the lives of these courageous women. These women not only played an important role in the history and success of California, but made history of their own.

This site is constantly being updated as more information about the First Ladies is found. Please check back often to learn more fascinating tidbits about California’s First Ladies.