Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Women march for suffrage rights
Several dozen San Diegans gathered in Balboa Park Thursday afternoon (August 29) to celebrate Women’s Equality Day marking ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in August 1920.
Many participants in the seventh annual Suffrage Rally and Parade donned period-specific dress when the group assembled in front of the Kate Sessions statue at the park. After a performance from the Women Occupy San Diego Occupella chorus, several re-enactors representing suffragists Susan B. Anthony, local physician and president of the San Diego Suffrage Association Charlotte Baker, and others delivered speeches describing their characters’ contributions to the suffrage movement.
Judy Forman, owner of the Big Kitchen restaurant in Golden Hill, spoke as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, famous for drafting the Declaration of Sentiments signed by 68 women and 32 men at the first women’s rights convention in 1848. She also broke the news that, in connecting with a descendant of Stanton in her restaurant, she had secured a large collection of suffragist memorabilia that will be displayed at the Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station.
After the speeches, the group marched across the Laurel Street Bridge into the park to take in a concert at the Organ Pavilion.
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