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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.

(Courtesy of Autry Museum of the American West)

In 1911, male voters narrowly gave women in California the right to vote, making the state the sixth in the nation where women could vote equally with men. The vote came nearly a decade before the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that enfranchised women nationally. Here a Chinese-American woman in SF is seen voting for the first time.

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