This year marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in California – but women have been tenaciously fighting for their rights long before and after that momentous victory. Authors of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, will explore how the suffrage campaign fits into the broader movement for civil liberties in California. They will share stories and historic photographs from their book, which illuminate the lives of California’s unsung heroines – from Charlotte Brown who fought race segregation on San Francisco streetcars a hundred years before Rosa Parks, to suffragist Selina Solomons who organized shop girls to win the right to vote in 1911, to Rosie the Riveters who built the ships that helped ensure an Allied victory in World War II – all the way up to today when women are on the front lines of fighting for workplace equity, reproductive rights, and marriage equality.
A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.
More about the Woman Suffrage Centennial.
*Funded by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.