Auburn event to commemorate California women’s suffrage centenary

By: Journal Staff Report
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The centenary of women’s suffrage in California will be celebrated Saturday in Auburn with a step back in time. Using the historic Placer County Courthouse as a backdrop, the Placer County Museums Division will hold a rally for women’s suffrage much like one that might have occurred a century ago. Women and men will dress in costumes from the turn of the first decade of the 20th century, signs in favor of women’s suffrage will be wielded and speakers will provide historic perspective on the movement. The groundswell of support in 1911 resulted in passage of a proposition allowing women to vote and an ensuing amendment to the state Constitution. Scheduled speakers are Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and Auburn City Councilwoman Bridget Powers. Ralph Gibson, program manager for the museums division, said there will even be an anti-suffragist speech for audience members to boos and hiss. Participants are invited to make and bring their own signs – for or against suffrage, Gibson said. Period attire is not required but encouraged, he said. The actual date of the vote was Oct. 10, 1911. The first vote with women taking part was the presidential election of 1912. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and should last less than an hour, Gibson said. – Gus Thomson