Fairs | December 2019 | Rebecca Rego Barry

The CA Book Fair Celebrates #HerStory

Courtesy of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The 2020 California International Antiquarian Book Fair launched a social media campaign to celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage.

In the run-up to the Californian Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena in February, an innovative social media campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage has been launched. Since its debut on October 30 with nineteenth-century activist Lucretia Mott, the CA Book Fair has been posting brief, daily profiles of women who made history (#herstory) to its Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages. Among those highlighted so far: Octavia Butler, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan Sontag, Rachel Carson, Margaret Fuller, Audre Lorde, and Margaret Atwood. (We’re showing our literary bias here; they’ve also featured Marie Curie, Abigail Adams, Amelia Earhart, and many more.)

Day 62 in early December put the spotlight on Emily Faithfull (1835-95), the English women's rights activist who established The Victoria Press, a printing establishment for women.

In all the campaign will honor 100 women before the book fair opens with a special exhibition, Votes for Women, which will document women’s efforts to secure political equality. Archival materials from several local special collections libraries will be on display.

Be sure to follow along! On Twitter @CABookFair; Facebook @CABookFair; Instagram @cabookfair.