The Courthouse Docket continues on September 12 at 1 p.m. as a FREE online webinar. Tatiana Irwin from the College of San Mateo will discuss “Organized Womanhood”: Defining the California Voter in the Fight for National Women’s Suffrage 1911-1920.
The Awakening by Henry Mayer, courtesy Library of Congress
Well before the Nineteenth Amendment enfranchising women nationwide in 1920, Californians embraced women’s suffrage. From 1911 to 1920, competing groups of California women sought to define womanhood in the context of citizenship. If women would now be full citizens, with the right to vote, who would be considered qualified for this right, or would it be a privilege of the few? Organized womanhood and its defining citizenship would be a powerful force of conservatism in a wave a progressive change and provide the basis for exclusion nationwide after the ephemeral triumph of women’s suffrage.
Fall schedule coming soon!