Becoming Citizens: The Emergence and Development of the by Gayle Gullett

By Gayle Gullett

In 1880, the California lady safeguarded the Republic by means of conserving a morally sound domestic. Scarcely 40 years later, girls within the Pacific nation received full-fledged citizenship and balloting rights in their personal. "Becoming electorate" indicates how this huge, immense transformation took place. Gayle Gullett demonstrates how women's look for a bigger public lifestyles within the overdue 19th century resulted in a flourishing women's stream in California. Women's radical call for for citizenship, even though, was once rejected through country citizens besides the presidential reform candidate, William Jennings Bryan, within the tumultuous election 12 months of 1896. Gullett indicates how girls rebuilt the circulation within the early years of the 20th century and cast a severe alliance among activist girls and the boys serious about the city strong govt stream. This alliance shaped the root of progressivism, with male Progressives assisting to legitimize women's new public paintings through helping their civic campaigns, appointing ladies to public workplace, and putting a suffrage referendum sooner than the male voters in 1911. putting neighborhood advancements in a countrywide context, "Becoming voters" illuminates the hyperlinks among those significant social hobbies: the western women's suffrage circulation and progressivism.

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Knox Goodrich, a wealthy and politically well-connected woman, whom scholar Barbara Babcock characterizes as ‘‘maternal, sweet and very tough,’’ served as leader of the San Jose society, which had an impressive two hundred members. Her first husband, William J. ∑ All the California su√ragists supported the educational o≈ce bill because all shared with Knox Goodrich the belief that their struggle for women’s citizenship was also a fight to increase women’s opportunity to engage in public work, from civic activism to paid labor.

Other alumnae benefited from family connections as well as talent; Dr. ∏Ω Despite their pledge to concentrate on e√orts to improve collegiate education, the Collegiate Alumnae focused on increasing employment opportunities for women college graduates. They put some energy toward lessening the discriminatory practices of public schools, which ‘‘almost invariably’’ hired normal school graduates for teaching positions rather than women with college degrees. But mostly they worked to increase women’s employment within community service.

Instead, the female job seekers found that securing a position often took some time and that their wages were frequently inadequate The Politics of Women’s Work 25 to pay for decent housing. ≥Ω The club women’s worries about the di≈culties of women wage earners stemmed from the city’s period of rapid growth and development. In 1880, in a town of 11,000, fewer than 15 percent of women residents worked for wages; by 1900, in a city of 100,000, more than 20 percent worked for wages, a 46 percent increase.

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