Newspapers such as the Concord Transcript of July 29, 1911 opined:
Intelligent and fair minded men everywhere are rallying to their (women’s) support. They are beginning to think that the onus is resting pretty heavily upon them of having their mothers, wives and sweethearts rated along with Chinamen, idiots and insane persons when it comes to voting.
On August 5, 1911, the Danville Grange #85 minutes stated:
“It was planned to have a debate at our next meeting and upon the subject -- Resolved ‘that Women be granted the right of suffrage.’ Affirmative Sister Nina Williams and S. E. Wood -- negative Bro W. E. Stewart and C. E. Woodward
“After some little discussion, it was decided the debate should be given in open Grange… letting the decision rest with the audience.”
Later that month the Contra Costa Gazette (8/26/1911) reported on a large meeting on Equal Suffrage at the Danville Grange Hall. Suffrage supporters addressed the meeting, arriving in the famous Blue Liner automobile. After the debate the Gazette wrote: “a rising vote was called for from all people present…and the ladies were given the decision. There was a large crowd present from the surrounding country.”
That day a Danville Equal Suffrage Club was organized to plan more meetings. Officers included Mrs. Lillian Close, Miss Libbie Wood, Mrs. Nina Williams and Miss Ada Cornwall. It joined four other Suffrage Clubs in the County. Close had been president of the Danville Improvement Club and was a downtown Danville property owner. Wood and Williams were both Grange Worthy Masters. And Cornwall was a teacher at the new San Ramon Valley High School.
On October 10, 1911, suffragist precinct workers geared for fraud and mayhem at the ballot boxes in San Francisco and Alameda counties where emotions ran high. The next day, all San Francisco newspapers except the Call declared the California women's franchise vote dead. San Francisco voted 35,471 no; 21,912 yes. Alameda County voted against by a smaller margin.
In Contra Costa County it won by 21 votes, 1569-1548. Then, on October 12, the small towns and valleys delivered a victorious vote by a margin of just over 1 % -- 3,587 votes out of 240,000 votes cast. California became the sixth western state to enfranchise women.