From Suffrage to #MeToo

Groundbreaking Women in Sonoma County

January 25 - September 13, 2020 Extended through January 24, 2021!


Do you know who the first woman to achieve elected office in Sonoma County was? The woman from Sebastopol who pioneered environmental studies? The woman from Santa Rosa who led the national effort to recognize women in history? Do you know their stories?

2020 is the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the constitutional right to vote. While different in goal and origin, the recent #MeToo movement and women’s marches also represent pivotal change and the power of the collective voice to challenge the status quo. The Museum of Sonoma County’s exhibition, From Suffrage to #MeToo: Groundbreaking Women in Sonoma County, explores the changing expectations, challenges, and obstacles to inclusion that women have faced and the remarkable people who have broken through the barriers. Over 20 women are highlighted in this exhibition, including:

• Song Wong Bourbeau
• Liz Cunningham
• May Grace
• Alice Gray
• Molly Murphy MacGregor
• Frances McGaughey-Martin
• Ruth Mahaney
• Dalia (Dale) Messick
• Augusta Metzger
• Hansel Mieth
• Ann Neel
• Essie Parrish
• Mary Ellen Pleasant
• Helen Putnam
• Jill Ravitch
• Helen Rudee
• Alicia Sanchez
• Judy Sakaki
• Doris Sloan
• J.J. Wilson
• Lynn Woolsey


This exhibition is generously supported by Liz Uribe - Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group, Creative Sonoma, Impact 100 Redwood Circle Community Grants Program, Eleanor Butchart - On Fire!Patisserie Angelica, and Pisenti and Brinker.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Liz Uribe, Realtor


Online Exhibition

Discover the stories of these groundbreaking women in the online exhibition, an abridged version of the gallery exhibition.

Not compatible with Microsoft Edge. Google Chrome recommended.

Virtual Experience

Explore the exhibition through 360° imaging! Enjoy a close-up view of the objects and content from the gallery exhibition.

This virtual experience is generously provided by Steve Vargas, VARGAS XR "Mind Over Matter"



Video Tour


Her Story Remembered


It would be impossible to name all groundbreaking women in Sonoma County over the last 100 years. This is where we need your help! Whether they are a family member, friend, teacher, or other inspirational person, let us know who your write-in candidate is and why. Submissions will be shared on our website and social media.

Click here to "vote" for your "write-in candidate"




Embroidered Suffragist Sunflower

Create your own embroidery featuring the colors (purple and gold) and symbol of the Suffragist movement (sunflower)!

Related Programs and Events

Opening Reception
1/24/2020, 5:00-7:00pm

A Discussion on Privilege
2/23/2020, 3:00-4:00pm

Virtual Cocktails with the Curator: Eric Stanley
4/25/2020, 5:30-6:30pm

Free Film Night: Women's History and Social Justice
5/7/2020, 7:00-8:15pm

Virtual Program - No Longer Just a Man's Game: Sonoma County Women in Sports and Journalism
5/28/2020, 7:00-8:30pm

Virtual Program - The Lesbian History of Sonoma County
6/25/2020, 7:00-8:30pm

Virtual Program - Museum Conversations with Alicia Sanchez
8/13/2020, 7:00-8:30pm

Virtual Program - Women in Policy and Politics
2/10/2021, 7:00-8:30pm

Subject to change. See calendar of events for complete list and details.



Museum of Sonoma County
425 Seventh Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 579-1500

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The mission of the Museum of Sonoma County is to engage and inspire our diverse community with art and history exhibitions, collections, and public programs that are inclusive, educational, and relevant.