1896 meeting, Women Claim the Vote in California
Suffrage leaders. The middle row seated shows
Dr. Anna H. Shaw, Susan B. Anthony and Ellen
Photo from CA Historical Society San Francisco.

NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 26, 2020 – The Nineteenth Amendment’s adoption was certified on August 26, 1920. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, let’s recall a great California suffragette, Ellen Clark Sargent.

Nevada City California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally to Susan B. Anthony. Sargent served as both treasurer and secretary of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA); an organization founded by Susan B. Anthony. Ellen Sargent also was president of the California Woman Suffrage Association and founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters.

Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents has undertaken the production of a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host.

Actress Mary Baird and interview Rick Ewald prepare for videotaping “An Evening with Ellen” at the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

“An Evening with Ellen” is an original screenplay written and directed by Pamela Biery and featuring actors Mary Baird as Ellen Clark Sargent and Rick Ewald as her modern-day interviewer. Videotaping was just completed on August 24, 2020 at the Historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.

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