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Pasadena Museum of History Presents “Who Was Esto Broughton?” with CSUN Professor Nan Towle Yamane

CSUN Professor Nan Towle Yamane Spotlights One of California’s First Woman Legislators on Thursday, March 5, at Pasadena Museum of History
Published on Mar 2, 2020

As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of suffrage for American women this year, PMH spotlight the legacy of one of California’s first woman legislators, Esto Bates Broughton (1890-1956). Nan Towle Yamane, PhD, a professor of History at CSU Northridge, will present an illustrated talk on the life of Broughton on Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at Pasadena Museum of History.

Elected in 1920 – the year that American women won suffrage – Broughton was a lawyer, journalist, publicist, and politician. Her life work reflects the activism of California’s rural women, who were able to gain the local support they needed to propel them into a larger political arena.

Tickets: Pre-paid reservations required. Members $10; General $12. Tickets include Gallery admission one hour prior to program. Reserve your tickets online at or call 1.800.838.3006.

About the Speaker

Nan Towle Yamane earned her graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) at UCLA after attending UC Irvine and, subsequently, UC Berkeley as an undergraduate. Prof. Yamane notes that “the places of my education served a student of California history extremely well. From Berkeley to Irvine, I lived in epicenters for very different grassroots political movements and reactionary organizations.” Her personal path as a student, an academic, and a parent have given her a rich understanding of history from these various viewpoints. Her career at CSUN has spanned nearly twenty-three years. She is now on the brink of partial retirement, which will allow her to pursue specific history-based research and projects in further depth.

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St. Pasadena, (626) 577-1660 or visit

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