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Los Altos events celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage

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Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper promotes the upcoming car parade commemorating a century of women’s suffrage.

Local groups have scheduled a series of events commemorating the centennial of women gaining the right to vote under the banner “Los Altos Celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.”

Co-sponsors of the series include the city of Los Altos, the Los Altos History Museum, the Los Altos Library, the Los Altos Youth Commission, the Los Altos Women’s Caucus and Santa Clara County. Local residents are encouraged to attend events in person or virtually.

“The Los Altos Women’s Caucus called together all these organizations back in January to plan an exciting year of events for this special anniversary,” said former Los Altos Mayor Jane Reed. “Unfortunately, the coronavirus caused us to do some revising, but we are pleased to offer three fun and informative programs.”

Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper led off the 100th anniversary celebrating the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment by issuing a City Proclamation in February, declaring the intent of the community to promote women’s equality through a series of events and raise awareness of “unfinished business” regarding gender equity.

Events include:

• “Women on Wheels,” a community car parade scheduled 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day. Current and former women council members will participate in the parade, set to start at Lincoln Park, travel through downtown and on to Heritage Oaks Park, and end at the Los Altos History Museum. Local residents can join the parade with advance registration. Dressing in the costume of a suffragette is encouraged. The museum’s outdoor exhibition, “Rise Up!,” will be on display. For more information on the car parade and the route, visit losaltoswomenscaucus.org.

• The forum “Elected Women Speak Up” is slated 5-6 p.m. Sept. 12. Los Altos is the only California city with an all-women city council, and all five council members – Pepper, Neysa Fligor, Jeannie Bruins, Lynette Lee Eng and Anita Enander – will participate in a Zoom panel co-hosted by the Los Altos History Museum. Tune in to discover the motivations and experiences of women in politics. To register and for more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

• The panel discussion “Challenges for the Next 100 Years” is set for early October, with specifics to be announced at a later date. Presented by the Los Altos Youth Commission, the Zoom discussion with current and future political leaders is being planned with the next generation in mind.

Events centering on women’s suffrage are expected to continue through the end of the year, with an author’s talk and other programs in their planning stages.

For more information on the Los Altos Women’s Caucus, visit losaltoswomenscaucus.org.

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