Women are dominating national headlines currently as demands for equality and respect have given way to the #metoo and #timesup movements. But as the ubiquitous protest sign reads: We can't believe we're still protesting this shit.
Women's fight for equality is nothing new: A hundred years ago, brave women gathered to march and demand their right to vote and, unsurprisingly, Bay Area ladies were on the front lines. Take a look at the women's suffrage movement in San Francisco during the 1800s and early 1900s.
San Francisco native Maud Younger (1870-1936) gave up her life in high society to work on the front lines as a union trade organizer and suffragist. When she took a job as a waitress, the SF society lady got an up-close look at the life of working women of the day. She went on to organize the city's first waitresses' union, as well as the city's Wage Earners' Suffrage League for Working Women. She also picketed at the White House in the name of women voters.