Sonoma County 2020 Women's Suffrage Project

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Banner Photo: Youngest parader in New York City suffragist parade, Library of Congress (1912) - colorized in 2017 online article


Community Events Photo: "Votes for Women" Created by artist Bertha Margaret Boye for the 1911 California campaign, this is probably the most popular poster produced during the American suffrage movement. Boye’s design, featuring a draped western suffragist posed against the Golden Gate as the sun sets behind her, won first place in a contest sponsored by the College Equal Suffrage League in San Francisco. The image was later reproduced on cards, fliers and publicity stamps.


Kick-off Event Photo: Our flyer


Social Justice and Advocacy Photo:  Māori and Pacific women issued a challenge to the women's movement at the United Women's Convention in 1979. Donna Awatere (left) and Mona Papali'i (right) accused the movement of racism, arguing that Pākehā feminists ignored the issues most important to Māori women. 


Photo Wall (left to right and top to bottom)

1. Nine Afro-American women posed, standing, full length, with Nannie Burroughs holding banner reading, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention" (1905-1915).

Library of Congress, Lot 12572, https://www.loc.gov/item/93505051/  Seen in National Park Service Series: Suffrage in America - The 15th and 19th Amendments, Essay #4 Between Two Worlds: Black Women and The Fight for Voting Rights


2. Our Sonoma County 2020 Women's Suffrage kick-off event flyer


3. British Suffragette Women with Signs


4. Modern Day Suffragists at the 2018 Women's March Santa Rosa


5. 2019 Women's March Santa Rosa Banner being carried by Elaine B Holtz - NOW Sonoma County President, Jacqueline Lawrence, Pinkeo Phongsa - 2018 Miss Sonoma County Outstanding Teen, and Tyler Avery Lewis - 2018 Miss Sonoma County


6. Women Suffragists raising their voices


7. "Votes for Women" Created by artist Bertha Margaret Boye for the 1911 California campaign, this is probably the most popular poster produced during the American suffrage movement. Boye’s design, featuring a draped western suffragist posed against the Golden Gate as the sun sets behind her, won first place in a contest sponsored by the College Equal Suffrage League in San Francisco. The image was later reproduced on cards, fliers and publicity stamps. 


8.  In 2019, the 116th Congress makes history with the number of women and African-American and Hispanic members sworn into office.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Lee, Jahana Hayes, Lauren Underwood and Sheila Jackson Lee 


9. Molly MacGregor, Executive Director and Co-Founder of National Women's History Alliance (formerly National Women's History Project) 

10. The first female majority of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin - District 1, Shirlee Zane - District 3, Lynda Hopkins - District 5. 

Photo: John Burgess, Press Democrat, March 2017


11. Modern Suffragist Luncheon hosted by the co-curator of Petaluma Museum’s Suffrage Exhibit, Paula Freund, that shows Summer 2020. Pictured l to r: Paula Freund; John Sheehy, Petaluma Historian; Kit Schlich, Petaluma Museum Association Board Member; Jessica Litwak, playwright currently creating a one-woman play featuring Selena Solomons, SF suffragist; the Honorable Lynn Woolsey, Member of the US House of Representatives, California's 6th District, 1993-2013; Faith Ross, Commission on Human Rights, Sonoma County; Freyda Ravitz, Petaluma Museum Association Board Member; Leslie Graves, Event Planner, Announcer, Steering Committee Member of the Sonoma County 2020 Women's Suffrage Project; Debbie McKay, President of the League of Women Voters, Sonoma County. 

Photo: Paul Freund, October 2019


12. Sonoma County 2020 Women's Suffrage Project logo, a chapter of the CA 2020 Women's Suffrage Project


13. Sylvia Lemus, speaks to the crowd protesting family seperaation at the US-Mexico Border at "Families Belong Together Rally in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa in June 2018


14. Front cover of the Sonoma County National Organization for Women 2020 Calendar with national and local California heroes


15. Modern Suffragists at a Santa Rosa Democratic Club Meeting


16.. Inter-Sectional Equality 


17. Reader's Theater performers


18. Windsor Town Green alight in the colors of the suffrage movement on Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2019

Photo: Leslie Graves


19. Former Santa Rosa City Council Member, Lee Pierce as a Modern Day Suffragist wearing his League of Women Voters Sonoma County shirt and Votes for Women sash


20. Modern Day Suffragists at the free film screening of Iron Jawed Angels at KBBF 89.1FM hosted by NOW and Women's Spaces some pictured are from top left:  Former US Representative for California's Congressional 6th District - Lynn Woolsey; Petaluma Museum Association's - Paula Freund; National Organization of Women Sonoma County Chapter's -Marion Aird, Sonoma County League of Women Voter's President - Debbie McKay; Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Preservation Committee's - Ellen Bowen; Santa Rosa Democratic Club's President - Sandy Reynolds; NOW's - Eileen Bill, Evelyn Holtz, Susan Jensen, Amber Jensen, and NOW's President & host of Women's Spaces on KBBF - Elaine B. Holtz 

Photo: Leslie Graves, October 16, 2019


21. 2019 Women's March Santa Rosa participants with crossover Wonder Woman/Rosie the Riveter painted sign


22. Votes for Women pennant


23. Courthouse Square in Downtown Santa Rosa on Women's Equality Day 8.26.2019 with lights shining in suffragist colors

Photo: Leslie Graves


24. Come In and Learn Why Women Ought to Vote ...a sign outside of a suffragist headquarters


25. 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris pose for Vogue 


26.  Organizers of the 1911 Amendment 8 campaign gathered in San Francisco for a publicity shot. Photo: Women Voting Throughout the Years 


27. Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, as well as the first woman to appear in a United States presidential debate. 


28.  March 28, 1912 heralded an historic first action for the women of California: This was the first time in their lives they could vote! L to R: Elizabeth Gerberding, Mary Sperry, and Nellie Eyester pose for the camera. SF Voter Registrar Zemansky appointed women to fill one half the number of precinct positions. Photo: California State Library Collection, Sacramento, California 


29. Local modern day suffragists and period reenactors, Bill and Becky Montgomery stand outside the State building in Santa Rosa, hand out 100 free yellow roses on November 1, 2019 in honor of it being the 100th Anniversary of CA ratifying the 19th Amendment.


30. The first statue of non-fictional women in Central Park, NY will depict Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony. This statue will be installed by September 2020. 


31. Michael shows off a picture of himself and his wife dressing as suffragists for Halloween as he picks up a yellow rose outside the state building in Santa Rosa on November  1, 201, the centennial of California becoming the 18th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. 


32.  Carolyn Peth and Diana Madoshi of the National Women's History Alliance  at the California Museum in Sacramento attending the California votes for Women event honoring the Centennial of CA ratifying the 19th Amendment on November 9, 2019

Picture by Leslie Graves


33. 2019 USPS Forever Stamp honoring the 19th Amendment


34. CA First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, listens to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during their discussion at California Votes for Women event honoring the Centennial of CA ratifying the 19th Amendment

Picture by Leslie Graves


35. The Equal Rights Amendment is closer than ever to ratification when on  November 5, 2019, Virginia's State House election.