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The First Women's suffrage Picket Line-College Day in the picket line

Stanford University and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

August 26, 2020

On this day, 100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified, which provided some women the right to vote. The process that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment can provide historical context for the voting and women’s rights issues that are still at the forefront of American politics today. Although it took until 1920 for the 19th Amendment to be ratified, states like California were attempting to pass women’s suffrage laws beginning in the 1890s. In 1911, Californians finally passed a referendum granting women the right to vote in the state. With the suffrage movement making headway in California politics, Stanford University also felt the stirrings of the movement on campus.

Stanford Historical Society elected new board members

July 14, 2020
by Charlotte Kwok Glasser

The past few months have certainly tested the resilience and flexibility of the Stanford community. The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) held its first ever electronic election due to COVID-19 and the subsequent Santa Clara County shelter-in-place protocol. SHS members enthusiastically elected four new members to the Historical Society’s Board of Directors in May.

Dinah Handel, Stanford Libraries

Dinah Handel has new 20% assignment in University Archives

July 7, 2020
by Josh Schneider

We are excited to share that beginning July 13, Dinah Handel, Digitization Service Manager in DLSS, will begin a new 20% assignment with the Stanford Archives. She will be working on a variety of projects that advance the Department of Special Collections & University Archives’ commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as serving as a DLSS liaison to foster collaboration across the two departments. (...)

Natasha Porfirenko, Slavic and Eastern European expert and contributor to Stanford’s Special Collections

Irina and Leonid Yakobson: Fear, art, and "realism"

July 1, 2020
by Annie Schweikert

This guest blog was written by Natasha Porfirenko, PhD. Natasha is a long-standing and valued contributor to Stanford’s Special Collections for her expertise in Slavic and Eastern European materials. Her work in Special Collections has included processing a large volume of Slavic and Eastern European letters, postcards, objects, and ephemera preserved in Stanford’s archives of material from the committee to free Angela Davis. She is currently hard at work delving into the descriptive metadata of tapes depicting works of famous Soviet choreographer, Leonid Yakobson.

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