Who Won the Vote in California

“The central figure in the seal of California is the presiding goddess of that state… But the constitution limits the franchise and thus makes outlaws of all the noble women who endured the hardships… who helped make (California) all that it is… The position of the real woman who shares the everyday trials and hardships… inspires no corresponding admiration and respect.”  -Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1876

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From Our Archives: MOTHER EARTH Anarchist Journal

Our collections at the Women’s Museum of California constantly remind us how often the arguments and issues of the past still resonate and closely anticipate debates on some of today’s most important political and social issues, such as the rights of immigrants, the value of dissent, and the true meaning of patriotism.

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Juneteenth and the Black Women of the Abolitionist Movement: A Brief History

The goal of the abolitionist movement was realized on June 19th, 1865, when  Union army general Gordon Granger announced federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, proclaiming that all slaves in Texas were now free. That day is now known as Juneteenth. This is a brief history of Juneteenth and some of the Black women who worked resolutely for the freedom of Black America. 

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