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Museum offers online programs on suffrage

In support of its outdoor exhibition “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of free programs on the Zoom platform.

The programs, which delve into the history of voting rights, current challenges and women in politics, include:

• “Elected Women Speak Up,” a conversation with Los Altos’ elected officials – the only all-women city council in California – is slated 5 p.m. Saturday. Moderated by Vicki Reeder, the panel of women will discuss what motivated and inspired them to run for office, share their experiences serving on the council and offer advice for young women passionate about local government, public service and leadership.

• “Women’s Suffrage in Santa Clara County” is scheduled noon Sept 17. Margo Horn, lecturer in feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Stanford University, will speak on the fight for women’s right to vote in California. A member of the Los Altos Historical Commission, Horn also will share stories about local suffragists who helped to win the fight.

• “Race and the Suffrage Movement,” set for noon Nov. 10, will feature Foothill College historian Dolores Davison taking a deeper look at the shortcomings of the suffrage movement and who was left out.

“Rise Up!” celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage, displayed through photographs and text along the wrap-around porch of the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House. Visitors may browse the exhibition daily.

“The exhibit emphasizes how difficult the fight for women’s equality was, and still is,” said exhibition curator Amy Ellison. “The way women experienced inequality, and the way they chose to fight back, varied greatly. We wanted our programs to delve deeper into these varied experiences.”

While the indoor museum remains closed during the pandemic, outdoor operations have resumed with docents on hand noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. An outside mini-store sells suffrage-themed gifts, among other items, from 1-3 p.m. on open days. Per county guidelines, visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

To register for the programs and for more information, visit losaltoshistory.org/RiseUp!.

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