Throughout the centennial, an array of trailblazing women joined the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission for its virtual storytime series.
The Herstory Time series began in the spring of 2020 with readings by Vice Chair Colleen Shogan, who read Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff, and First Partner of California and Commission member Jennfier Siebel Newsom, who read The Voice that Won the Vote by Elisa Boxer. And during National Women’s Suffrage Month in August 2020, Historian Rebecca Boggs Roberts read children's book, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, written by her mother, pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts. NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette J. Epps read the biographies of mathematician Katherine Johnson and astronaut Mae Jemison from the book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. Mary Morgan Ketchel read Camilla Can Vote: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote, which she co-authored with her mother Senator Marsha Blackburn, followed by a discussion between the mother-daughter duo. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Commission Executive Director Anna Laymon, and young future leaders joined together to read Senator Gillibrand’s book Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. Former U.S. Treasurer and America 250 Commissioner, Rosie Rios, read the biographies of Harriet Tubman and Ida B. Wells from Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders.