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Women were given full membership in the Grange from the very beginning.
For nearly 100 years, the women of the Grange, working as a committee, have been called the backbone that supports and help funds the various activities of the Grange. From community service programs to maintaining the hall, you’ll likely find the GWA is either leading the project or working hard to support it.
California was one of the first states to advocate the suffrage movement. The Pacific Rural Press in 1873, when the CSG held its first meeting, reported the Grange was part of the slow but sure progress of women toward equality. This report helped attract the committed suffragists to membership, and they soon magnified California Grangers support for women’s rights.
However, Women’s Activities organizations have always been a committee within the Grange at all levels, under several different names. Much like a legislative or youth committee, they are responsible to their Granges, reporting to the president and executive committee of their Grange. Today’s women can be found in just about every facet of Grange activity.