In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, The Seattle Public Library will digitally host writer Mayumi Tsutakawa as she presents the history of some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required, visit the Library’s event calendar to sign up.

Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history and arts. Tsutakawa received her MA in Communications and her BA in East Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. Tsutakawa lives in Seattle.



This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington.

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