This essay describes the efforts of Selina Solomons, a San Francisco suffragist, and her perspectives on two California suffrage campaigns, the failed 1896 effort and the success in 1911. Born to a distinguished Jewish family that had fallen on hard times, Solomons felt the suffrage movement was hindered by its reliance on elite society women. She organized the Votes for Women Club and took bold public action to bring working-class women into the movement and to secure the votes of immigrant and laboring men.
Selina Solomons, Iconoclastic Suffragist of San Francisco
Elaine Elinson is coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California (Berkeley: Heyday Books), winner of a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the former communications director of the ACLU of Northern California.
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Elaine Elinson; Selina Solomons, Iconoclastic Suffragist of San Francisco. California History 24 December 2020; 97 (4): 151–160. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2020.97.4.151
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