Monday, September 26, 2011

California: One Hundred Years of Women Voting

October 1911 was an historic election in California. In a nail biter election, California decided women could vote. The Bay Area counties and Los Angeles counties voted against it. Tavern owners and the winemaking industry were opposed since they thought women would vote for temperance. It took a few days but results eventually came in from the rural counties passing the change. California women then helped women in other states overcome resistance to woman suffrage and pass the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote in 1920.

Join us at nine events in October in Celebration of 100 years of California women voting. Read more on the Calendar on the Library's website.

Saturday, October 1st at 1:00 p.m. in the Redwood Room, Darlene Thorne will show 100-year-0ld postcards to illustrate the trials women went through to get the vote in California and the U.S.

Monday, October 3, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Redwood Room, Autumn Gem: a Documentary on China's First Feminist will be shown.

Tuesday, October 4, 7-8 p.m. in the Cedar Room author Robert Cooney will talk about his book Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement.

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