Some organized the Ebell Club and lobbied leaders to improve parks and streets; other women ed the PTA to help in local schools.
Members of the League of Women Voters scrutinized the work of local officials and encouraged voters to make informed choices. There were housewives, nurses and teachers, as well as maids, cooks and laundresses in tourist hotels.
These pioneering women successfully earned the right to vote for California women nine years prior to the Federal Constitutional Amendment, making California the largest democracy in the world where women could vote. The meeting was inspirational, and clubs across California dedicated their efforts to the suffrage movement.
It will tell the story of often ignored local women. HSLB researchers will mine our collections and other archives to learn about the activities of local women.
Long Beach played an exemplary role in that election; it was the only city where the majority of men in every precinct voted yes. To recognize a local woman, complete the Recognition Form and return it to our Program Coordinator. One hundred years ago the 19th Amendment extended voting rights to women.
We are working with the Long Beach Suffrage Circle Women, a community group commemorating the centennial to collect biographical information about local women.
Women ed unions and fought for equal wages and safer working conditions. The Suffrage Circle has begun making plans for events, performances, and educational programs.
In the s, some women served on commissions and held elected offices while others worked in low-paying jobs or earned less money than men in comparable positions. While federal law did not allow women to vote until the historic 19th Constitutional Amendment was ratified inwomen in California earned the right to vote in October through a referendum. Most history is written from the perspective of men.