Elizabeth P. Boyer arrived in San José in 1898. After time spent in San José, Boyer recognized the need to organize and build the promotion of the welfare, progress, and strength of African American women. In 1908, along with Sarah Massey Overton, she founded the Garden City Women’s Club and became the third president of the State Federation of Colored Women’s Club of California from 1911-1912. The mission of the club was to organize the women of the community for mutual benefit and to promote their common interest in education, public welfare, moral values, civics, and arts. During Boyer’s time heading the club, campaigning for suffrage was included in their activities.
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