International Women’s Day in Stockton, California

University of California, Santa Barbara via Calisphere

When I searched for International Women’s Day on the Digital Public Library site, I found mainly images from abroad.  Even though the holiday began in the United States, historically it has not received that much coverage here (although Google is celebrating it today.)  This wonderful poster from Stockton California, a town that links the Bay Area to the Central Valley, is an exception.  It is even more striking because it celebrates the town’s Asian American heritage. There is no date, but it has the look of the seventies to me.

The drawings cast a wide net.  They show Asian Americans of all ages—not just women—working inside and outside the home and demonstrating for more rights.  Children of different races are also on the picket line. And of course my favorite is the older woman at work on her sewing machine.

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4 Responses to International Women’s Day in Stockton, California

  1. JS says:

    Thank you for this. Maybe we’ll get the Equal Rights Amendment passed one day.

    • Susan says:

      The ERA does seem to be in the news for the first time in a long while. Incredible that women are still not officially “equal” in the U.S.A.

  2. Katrina B says:

    This is very cool! You’re right, it’s very 70s-looking. The Stockton in the poster is actually an address in San Francisco’s Chinatown – the cross section of Clay and Stockton Streets.

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