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Abstract

The women’s suffrage movement was one of the longest civil rights movements in American history. Its influence spread throughout the country, yet the most scholarship today focuses on suffragettes’ efforts from the East Coast even though suffragettes from Western states, specifically California, also participated in the campaign. During their campaign, Californian activists developed a new strategy that united women of different social classes who worked together to achieve their common goal of obtaining the vote. Their strategy won them state suffrage rights in 1911 and reinvigorated the stagnant national suffrage movement.

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