Introduction

On October 10, 1911, a special election was held in California. Appearing on the ballot was Proposition 4, a measure that would grant women the right to vote within the Golden State. The final tally was 125,037 to 121,450, giving woman suffrage a narrow victory of just 3,587 votes.

With material drawn from collections held in The Bancroft Library, this exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of woman suffrage in California. Brought to light are the faces of the state's suffragists, many from the Bay Area, along with those of the movement's support and opposition. This exhibit also illustrates the suffragists' vigorous campaign to rally votes for their cause, as well as the media frenzy to predict the election's final outcome.



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