|Chicago Woman's Suffrage parade marching |
costume, 1916. Library of Congress.
Date: Sat., October 8; noon march, tea at 1 p.m.
Location: march from the Knox-Goodrich Building @ 1st and S. Santa Clara St.; tea at Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square.
Cost: $7 per person (for a "Votes for Women" sash and to pay our re-enactor); pay for your own tea and refreshments.
Suggested Costume: day dress from the 1840s through 1911, "suffragettes."
We'll be meeting in front of the Knox-Goodrich Building, dating from 1889, that was built by one of San Jose's most prominent woman's suffrage supporters, Sarah Knox-Goodrich. She founded San Jose's Woman's Suffrage Association, held suffrage meetings in this building, and displayed banners that read "Taxation Without Representation is Tyranny!" from her windows when holiday parades marched past her building. Those who R.S.V.P. and send their event fee by Thursday, October 6th will receive a "Votes for Women" sash copied from an original in the Smithsonian, and then we'll walk from the Knox-Goodrich Building to Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square, where we'll listen to a re-enactor give a speech as Clara Foltz, California's first female lawyer (who trained and practiced in San Jose in her early career), who wrote the amendment to the California constitution giving women the right to vote. Then, after we've sung some suffrage songs, we'll go into Satori Tea Bar for tea and refreshments.
Please R.S.V.P. and send the event fee (by mail or PayPal) by Thursday, October 6th so I can make a sash for you! You can e-mail southbayladiesteaguild (at) yahoo (dot) com to R.S.V.P. or for more information.
The Woman's Suffrage movement in the United States began around 1840 when women were barred from participating in anti-slavery meetings and reform groups because of their gender. Early reformers realized that woman's social and political subjugation -- plus the fact that under the law, married women practically didn't exist at all -- was similar to racial slavery in many ways, and the fact that they had no say in the law of the land made it far too easy for lawmakers to make unjust laws where women were concerned. The movement lasted around 70 years and resulted in a gradual move towards giving women the vote with full voting rights (the same as men) in several (western) states giving their women full suffrage before the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which extended the vote to all female U.S. citizens.