As the November election approaches, gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is attracting national attention for her fierce (and historically pricey) race against state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown. But a few generations ago Whitman wouldn't have even been allowed to vote, much less seek public office.
The women of the La Cañada Flintridge Thursday Club don't take their voting rights for granted. This month, club members will lead a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from the denying the right to vote based on a citizen's gender.
The marquee event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at the clubhouse at 4440 Woodleigh Lane and will focus on the 72-year battle waged by America's suffragettes. Thursday Club member Barbara Robison will give a presentation on her ancestor, Carrie Chapman Catt, who headed the international suffrage movement at the time the 19th Amendment was passed. Catt went on to found the League of Women Voters.