Women’s Suffrage in California Exhibit Opens at the Santa Monica History Museum

Suffrage Envoys from San Francisco Enroute to Washington, D.C., 1915 Credit: Courtesy Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, “All Is Possible: Women’s Suffrage in California.” The exhibition explores the history of the local, state, and national suffrage movements to mark the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in America the right to vote. It will run March 7 to June 6 at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, with a ticketed opening celebration on March 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Section of Working Women’s Picket in Washington, D.C., 1917 Credit: Courtesy Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

The exhibition’s title was inspired by Los Angeles activist Caroline Severance's motto, “Nothing is impossible for organized womanhood.” The suffrage movement’s success depended in large part on the groundswell of state initiatives and the organization of local women’s clubs at the turn of the century. As the sixth state to allow women to vote in 1911, California served as a turning point, with a population large enough to double the eligible women voters in the country.

On Saturday, March 21 at 3 p.m., the museum will host the free event “Discover the History: A Century of Change for Women” in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica. Leaders from the League will discuss changing roles of women in society and the League’s history and impact over the last 100 years. The discussion is free of charge and includes free access to the galleries.

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