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#TBT: Before the Women's March, Bay Area ladies fought for the vote


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.

In the days leading to the October 10, 1911 vote on woman suffrage in California, it is said that suffragists were optimistic, bolstered by "the unprecedented size of the suffrage rallies," one of the largest of took place inside SF's Valencia Theater, where speakers also addressed the gathering crowd outside. Here women are seen at the suffrage committee meeting ahead of the vote for Senate Constitutional Amendment 8, also known as Proposition 4.

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