Women’s Center Celebrates Suffrage Centennial

This year, the UW Women’s Center is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Washington state.

A century ago, Seattle suffragettes met regularly at UW in what was then called the Women’s Building, now the Women’s Center, to fight for the right to vote. At the time, the building was the only gathering place built exclusively for women in the state of Washington, according to Women’s Center Executive Director Sutapa Basu. The suffragettes’ efforts paid off in 1910 when Washington became the fifth state to grant women the right to vote.

A fundraising celebration titled “Women Unbound: Celebrate the Legacy” was held on Nov. 6 to honor 100 Washington state women who were pioneers in their industry. Among the women honored were KING 5’s Jean Enersen, the first female news anchor in the Pacific Northwest, and Gov. Christine Gregoire, Washington state’s first woman attorney general and second female governor.

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