Suffrage rally and parade celebrates 19th Amendment.

A smile, a Votes For Women sash, and a California Equal Suffrage Association banner.
A smile, a Votes For Women sash, American flags, and a California Equal Suffrage Association banner.

Early this evening a rally and parade celebrating the ratification of the 19th Amendment were held in Balboa Park. As the sun descended toward the horizon, a small crowd gathered in Sefton Plaza to hear a variety of interesting, often stirring speeches. The speakers portrayed notable women in American history who have worked to further the cause of women’s equal civil rights. Wearing period costumes, the historical personalities included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Eleanor Roosevelt, plus important local San Diegans Dr. Charlotte Baker, our city’s first female practicing physician, and prominent philanthropist and journalist Ellen Browning Scripps. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Museum of California in Point Loma.

Here are a few photos!

Two women head for Sefton Plaza in Balboa Park, where a suffrage rally would celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Two women head for Sefton Plaza in Balboa Park, where a suffrage rally would celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920. It guarantees all American women the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920. It guarantees all American women the right to vote.
Historical sign proclaims a woman living here has registered to vote thereby assuming the responsibility of citizenship.
Historical sign proclaims a woman living here has registered to vote thereby assuming the responsibility of citizenship.
In period attire, the person being interviewed played the role of San Diego philanthropist and trailblazer Ellen Browning Scripps during the rally.
In period attire, the person being interviewed played the role of San Diego philanthropist and trailblazer Ellen Browning Scripps during the rally.
The woman with the microphone portrayed American suffragist and social activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who wrote many of Susan B. Anthony's speeches.
The woman with the microphone portrayed American suffragist and social activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who wrote many of Susan B. Anthony’s speeches.
Many wore historical sashes, hats and costumes to commemorate suffragettes and leaders who have fought for equal women's rights.
Many wore historical sashes, hats and costumes to commemorate suffragettes and leaders who have fought for equal women’s rights.
One participant reenacted Eleanor Roosevelt, speaking about her life and accomplishments. The statue is of Kate Sessions, one of the founders of Balboa Park.
One participant reenacted Eleanor Roosevelt, speaking about her life and accomplishments. The statue is of Kate Sessions, one of the founders of Balboa Park.
The suffrage parade begins toward the heart of Balboa Park, down El Prado and over the Cabrillo Bridge.
The suffrage parade begins.  Participants march toward the heart of Balboa Park, down El Prado and over the Cabrillo Bridge.

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