The 2020 Book Fair celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States with a special exhibit -- Votes for Women -- documenting women's effort to secure political equality. Materials will be on display from the special collection libraries of The Claremont Colleges, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the Los Angeles Public Library.

The artwork used in the promotion of the book fair is reproduced from artist Bertha Boye's beautiful "Votes for Women" poster, created to draw attention to the California women's suffrage campaign. On October 10, 1911, California became the sixth state where women could vote equally with men, nine years before the 19th Amendment enfranchised women nationally.

Boye's artwork is probably the most popular poster produced during the American suffrage movement. Her design, featuring a draped western suffragist posed against the Golden Gate as the sun sets behind her, won first place in a contest sponsored by the College Equal Suffrage League in San Francisco. The image was later reproduced on cards, fliers, and publicity stamps.

The poster's vibrant colors and evocative imagery helped draw attention to the suffrage measure, which was one of 23 propositions on the ballot. For an entire week in August, stores in San Francisco featured the colorful poster in their windows, often accompanied by festive decorations in suffrage yellow, which supporters referred to as "the color of success."


Something Wonderful This Way Came: 100 Years of Ray Bradbury
We celebrate the centennial of beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury with a special exhibit of his works from California State University, Fullerton's Archives & Special Collections. The Pollak Library is home to the manuscripts for Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451, first published in 1953, as well for the short story “The Fireman,” from which Fahrenheit 451 originated. Don't miss the opportunity to see these masterpieces and other Bradbury-related cultural treasures.