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Women’s Space Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Cecile Querbin recapping Building Neighborhood Power Workshop and Katherine Rinehart on the History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Sonoma County, has been uploaded to the web archive.  The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM  on Monday 2/3/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 2/5/20 at 11 AM.

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Building Neighborhood Power Recap

The History of Women’s Suffrage Movement in Sonoma County


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Featuring Guests

1. Cecile Querubin Member, Community Advisory Board of Santa Rosa

2. Katherine Rinehart , Manager, Sonoma County History and Genealogy Department and Sonoma County Archive, Sonoma County Library


Our Featured Guests

1.  Cecile Querubin and Elaine discuss the Building Neighborhood Power workshop, which they attended last Saturday. The workshop was led by Jim Diers, Professor at the University of Washington’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute in a manner that was lively and kept interest. It was learned that coming together to act on a project is an excellent way to get to know one another and to become united in lobbying for neighborhood goals.

About our Guest: Cecile Querubin has a passion for community outreach and engagement. Cecile engages community members in productive work to help residents understand the needs of their own neighborhoods, learning the long-term and fulfilling commitment to engaging in democracy.
She holds a MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, works at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where she facilitates leadership development, enrichment, and learning and engagement programs. She has spent the past ten years working with nonprofits and community organizations on issues of homelessness, equity, transparency and collaborative teamwork with groups such as Santa Rosa Together and as a member of the Community Advisory Board of Santa Rosa.


2. Katherine Rinehart talks about her work as historian at the Sonoma County Library in managing the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Department and the fascinating finds in the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the County. Katherine shares some of the events coming up at the Library related to women and the right to vote.  She reminds us that the League of Women Voters celebrates the Centennial of their founding on February 14th.

About our Guest: Katherine Rinehart received her MA in History from Sonoma State University in 1994. For the past 21 years, Ms. Rinehart has worked in various positions within the fields of Cultural Resource Management and Historic Preservation. Since 2002, Katherine has been employed by the Sonoma County Library where she is the current manager of the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Department and Sonoma County Archive. She serves as chair of the Sonoma County Historical Records Commission and the Sonoma County Heritage Network and is currently the co-chair of the Sonoma County 2020 Women’s Suffrage Project History & Education committee.

Guest Links:

Sonoma County Historical Records Commission: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Historical-Records-Commission/   Monthly meeting of the Commission on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Sonoma County Heritage Network: https://www.sonomacountyhistory.org/heritage-network

Sonoma County Women’s Suffrage Project  https://socowomen2020.org/

Guest Event Link:

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm,  Rohnert Park Library; Winning Political Power for Women: Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters; Please join Robert P. J. Conney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” as he discusses the final years of the women’s suffrage movement and the formation of the League of Women Voters. https://my.lwv.org/california/sonoma-county/event/winning-political-power-women-carrie-chapman-catt-and-league-women-voters


This Week in Herstory

Compilation by the National Women’s History Alliance

National Women's History Alliance

Herstory Events:

February 4, 1987 – First “National Women in Sports Day” is celebrated by Presidential Proclamation.

February 11, 1989 – Rev. Barbara Harris became the first woman bishop in the American Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion worldwide.

Herstory Birthdays:

February 3, 1821 (1910) – Elizabeth Blackwell, the first fully accredited female doctor in the U.S. (1849), along with her sister Emily, founded the first medical school for women.

February 3, 1874 (1946) – Gertrude Stein, poet, author, art critic, famous for her phrase, “A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”

February 4, 1865 (1921) – Lila Valentine, Southern suffrage leader, introduced kindergartens and vocational training into public education in Virginia, recognized health needs with the Visiting Nurse Association fighting tuberculosis, supported the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia and the National American Woman Suffrage Association after visiting England and realizing that many health issues required women’s voice, made 100 speeches in Virginia.

February 4, 1913 (2005) – Rosa Parks, “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” her arrest after refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked a boycott of the bus system, which eventually led to the Supreme Court decision to integrate buses.

February 4, 1918 (1995) – Ida Lupino, prolific American woman director and actress, born in England, emigrated to Hollywood in the 1930’s, involved with movies dealing with social issues, bigamy, polio, unwed mothers, and rape more than 40 years before the topics were widely discussed.

February 4, 1921 (2006) – Betty Friedan, author and activist, wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963), cofounded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966.

February 5, 1905 (1999) – Mirra Komaroysky, Russian born, fled first to Kansas and then to Brooklyn, studied effect of male unemployment in families and conflicts in women’s lives, wrote Women in the Modern World (1953), predating Betty Friedan by 10 years.

February 5, 1914 (1994) – Hazel Smith, Mississippi journalist, first woman to win Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing (1954), although a segregationist, she supported law and justice and wrote that society must follow the law on integration, which led to bankruptcy and extreme poverty, a TV movie, “A Passion for Justice,” (1994) was based on her life.

February 6, 1887 (1985) – Florence Luscomb, architect and reformer, first woman to graduate from MIT (as an architectural graduate) in 1909, gave 222 speeches for woman suffrage in 14 weeks, learned to drive and repair her party’s touring car, sold copies of “The Woman’s Journal,” ardent outdoorswoman, joined ACLU in 1919, helped to derail anti-communism crusade in Massachusetts, NAACP official (1948), ardent opponent of the Vietnam War.

February 7, 1867 (1957) – Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of beloved Little House books.

February 7, 1918 (1997) – Ruth Sager, scientist, graduate of the University of Chicago, worked on corn genetic research in plants, studied cancer research after 1975, became professor of cellular genetics and chief of the Cancer Genetics Division at Harvard Medical School.

February 8, 1911 (1979) – Elizabeth Bishop, poet and writer, graduate of Vassar, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956, struggled with depression, alcoholism and asthma, wrote on a variety of subjects, probably her most enduring work is Geography III (1976).

February 9, 1849 (1941) – Laura Clay, anti-slavery proponent from childhood, woman’s rights advocate from 1869, president of Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association (1881) and the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, popular lecturer for suffrage but states’ rights position led her to oppose the 19th amendment in Tennessee in 1920.

February 9, 1944 – Alice Walker, writer, first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for The Color Purple (1983).

February 10, 1883 (1959) – Edith Clarke, first woman to earn an M. S. in electrical engineering from MIT (1919), first woman professor of electrical engineering (1947), invented the Clarke Calculator, a graphical device for solving power transmission line equations.

February 10, 1901 (1992) – Stella Adler, family fled from Russia in 1892 when Yiddish plays were prohibited, debuted in 1922 in New York, developed 2-year curriculum at Stella Adler Acting Studio in New York and Los Angeles, graduates include Marlin Brando and Robert De Nero.

February 10, 1907 (1992) – Grace Hamilton, first African-American in the Deep South’s state government, elected to the Georgia General Assembly 1966-84, credited with Andrew Young’s victory in Georgia’s Congressional election in 1980
February 10, 1927 – Leontyne Price, Grammy Award winning opera singer.

February 11, 1925 (1998) – Aki Kurose, interned in 1942, the American Friends Service Committee funded her college work, anti-war projects included treatment for cancer victims of Hiroshima, taught peace education in Seattle schools where she used Martin Luther King’s nonviolent example.



Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm,  Rohnert Park Library; Winning Political Power for Women: Carrie Chapman Catt and the League of Women Voters; https://my.lwv.org/california/sonoma-county/event/winning-political-power-women-carrie-chapman-catt-and-league-women-voters


Friday, February 7, 2020, Petaluma Historical Library and Museum; Grand Opening: Black History – Remember, Educate, Celebrate; Presented by Petaluma Blacks for Community Development. Donations of $10 are requested; no one will be turned away. Students 18 and under FREE. The Exhibit runs through Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Petaluma Blacks for Community Development https://www.facebook.com/pb4cd/


Friday, February 7, 2020, 5-8pm , 19th Amendment Art Exhibit Artist Reception, Music by Dessert First, Santa Rosa Arts Center, 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. Exhibit runs through March 27, 2020. https://santarosaartscenter.org/index.php/the-19th-amendment/


Sunday, February 9, 2020, 1 – 2:30 PM, Black Suffragists, Lecture by Dr. Kim D Hester Williams, Professor of English and American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University. Venue: Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma This program is presented by Petaluma Blacks for Community Development; https://www.petalumamuseum.com/calendar-event/black-suffragists-lecture-by-dr-kim-d-hester-williams/

 Petaluma Blacks for Community Development https://www.facebook.com/pb4cd/


NOW 2020 Woman Suffrage Centennial Calendar

The NOW 2020 Woman Suffrage Centennial Calendar is available. Suggested donation $15. Contact NOW Sonoma at info@NOWSonoma.org


January 25 through September 13, 2020,  From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County.  We will gather from 5 – 5:15PM in the 7th Street parking garage, 521 Seventh Street and walk to the Museum together as Modern Suffragists. Wear your suffrage outfits and gear or borrow a suffrage sash from our stash of sashes. Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/


League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/


Sonoma County Women’s Suffrage Project  https://socowomen2020.org/
with Calendar of related Events at https://socowomen2020.org/calendar

Women's Suffrage Project 2020


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:

The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Library Magic sung by Head and Heart from the album Signs of Light (2016 Warner Records)

Break The Chain sung by 1 Billion Rising from the album Break The Chain – Single Record (2012 Tina Clark Productions)


For music purchasing opportunity:

Link:Spinitron.com Playlist for Women’s Spaces Show