San Francisco: Whitaker & Ray-Wiggin Co., 1912. First edition. Some rubbing to extremities and a bit of wear to spine. Flyleaves toned. Otherwise, very clean throughout. A very good copy of a book that is scarce in commerce. Publisher’s brown paper boards titled in dark brown. Octavo. 76 pp. Item #17253
In October of 1911, California became the sixth state to grant women the right to vote. The present work explains to new voters — in this case, predominantly women — how to register to vote, where and when to vote, the branches of government, political parties, and other information necessary to ensure that women knew how to exercise their rights. The present work also covers topics like immigration (including how to gain citizenship as an immigrant), prison reform, women’s property rights, labor rights, and socialism. Bessie Beatty (1886 – 1947) dedicates the book to her mother, Jane Mary Beatty, “the woman who represents to me the best in womanhood—she who was my comrade in the California woman’s struggle for the ballot.”.
Beatty was a journalist, editor, and popular radio host from Los Angeles. In 1917, she was part of a group of American journalists who visited Russia, where Beatty interviewed Trotsky and members of the Women’s Battalion. She published a book about the trip, The Red Heart of Russia, in 1918. Beatty was also a member of Heterodoxy, a feminist debate group known for its radical politics that often stood outside the mainstream feminist opinion at the time. The group was founded by Mary Jenney Howe in 1912 and counted Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Kimball, and Mary Ware Dennett among its members.