The Glass House Museum at Forest Home Farms presents the traveling exhibition California Woman Suffrage, which was produced by the International Museum of Women and The California History Center Foundation.
Today, many of us take voting for granted, even though women’s right to vote in the U.S. came out of a long and often bitter battle. According to 19th- and 20th-century suffragists, the vote was a chance for a voice in public affairs, a right to participate in society. It was a legitimization of the right to participate in society.
What women asked for was equality under the law, property rights, guardianship of their children and access to education. The first statewide vote for women’s suffrage in California came in 1896, when the women of the state asked Susan B. Anthony to organize their campaign. Despite their efforts, the amendment failed.