Bay Area celebrates women's suffrage

August 26, 2010 6:00:06 PM PDT
The Bay Area is commemorating the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage today with receptions, speakers, films and even costumes.

In Diablo Valley, the League of Women Voters is screening a documentary on the struggle for women's right to vote, titled "One Woman, One Vote."

The film includes original photography and footage that chronicles the 70-year fight for women's suffrage. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library, located at 3941 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, and is free to the public.

The County of Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women, with help from the Office of Women's Policy, will also host its annual Women's Equality Day evening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This year's event, called "Women Leaders in the Green Economy," will be held at the Triton Museum of Art, located at 1505 Warburton Ave. in Santa Clara. Representatives from the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Women's Policy will join keynote speaker Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, the CEO of Green for All, as she discusses challenges and opportunities facing women seeking advancement in today's economy.

Green for All is a national organization that is working to build a strong, inclusive green economy that can lift people out of poverty, according to its website.

Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, director of the Office of Women's Policy, said she considered the event a celebration of historical female accomplishments as well as a hopeful glimpse into the future.

"We are aware that women are driving current economic recovery efforts," Peralez-Dieckmann said. "And, because we are leading the charge, we want to explore not only how we integrate women more fully into the existing economy, but how women fit in with regard to expansion toward higher technology. We are really excited for women to hear that message."

The San Mateo County History Museum will also host a Women's Equality Day event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will feature live music from the Raging Grannies followed by appearances by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Atherton, and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, who will sport a 1920s dress for the occasion.

The museum is located at 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.


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