Way Back When: Women on the Grand Jury for the First Time

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Way Back When: Women on the Grand Jury for the First Time
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Women everywhere were eager to be involved. Here a group of women in Oregon register for jury duty (Image: Wikimedia)

By Betsy J. Green

The world was changing, and Santa Barbara was changing too. The big headlines in the local paper in January 1919 read: “Women Drawn to Serve on Santa Barbara County Grand Jury First Time in History.”

The article continued, “The new grand jury of Santa Barbara County for 1919 was chosen yesterday, and for the first time in history, there appear upon it the names of women.”

But not everything had changed. The women were referred to as “the gentler sex” two times in the article.

The newspaper listed the names of a number of potential jurors. One of the women on the list was Pearl Chase. 


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1919 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the sixth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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jqb Jan 12, 2020 10:14 AM
Way Back When: Women on the Grand Jury for the First Time

They didn't get the right to vote until the next year. Who opposed it? Conservatives and right wingers--the same people who upheld slavery, opposed the black vote, opposed interracial marriage, opposed same sex marriage, and support Donald Trump.

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