Open 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Temporarily closed.

Leading the Way to Suffrage: Women Printers, Publishers, and Bookbinders

Join us in celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment. Woman’s suffrage dates back to the American revolution when Abigail Adams informed John Adams her husband (while a member of the Continental Congress) that:

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

We all know Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but do you know who Emily Pitts Stevens, Julia Stevens Fish Schlesinger or Charlotte Anita Whitney were? They were California suffragists, activists, printers and publishers. One of them founded the Women’s Cooperative Printing Union and The Pioneer and another published The Carrier Dove printed by the WCPU. 

Learn more about the California women who fought with words to get the vote. Peruse newspapers, broadsheets, pamphlets and cartoons used to sway the [male] voting public to pass woman’s suffrage in 1911. See what the “Anti’s” published to discourage passage of woman’s suffrage, and learn more about women’s bookbinding and printing unions here in San Francisco. We’re teaming up with the League of Women Voters to host voter registration drives at the museum.

Join us! in commemorating the centennial of the 19th amendment and learn more about woman’s suffrage, California history and women’s labor unions.

Opening reception Saturday, August 15th at 4pm. Beverages and refreshments to be served. Free and open to the public.



American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution.

In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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