California Suffrage

A Game-Changer in the National Votes-for-Women Campaign

This contest-winning design by Bertha Boyd was mass produced on campaign materials like posters, flyers, and playing cards. It appears here as the cover art for the College Equal Suffrage League of Northern California’s 1911 report.
Busy suffragists paused for a photo opportunity at the San Francisco headquarters in 1911. Notice their suffrage ribbons pinned to their clothing as well as the many campaign tools present: telephone, flyers, petitions, a banner, and poster.
Even as the suffrage movement was in its infancy, women’s literary magazines like San Francisco-based The Hesperian informed women’s political opinions on topics as wide-ranging as fashion, childcare, natural science, physical exercise, and capital punishment. Though short-lived (1858–1863), The Hesperian was notable for its female editorship, first under Mrs. A.M. Schultz and then Hermione Day.

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