In California, women gained the right to vote:
A. before any other state.
B. last among the states.
C. only after the passage of a US constitutional amendment.
D. just a few years before the passage of a US constitutional amendment.
E. when the state joined the United States.
The best answer to this question is Option D. Women in California did gain the right to vote before the right was extended to all women in the United States. However, they only gained this right a few years before the passage of the 19th Amendment. The amendment took effect in 1920 whereas women in California gained the right to vote in 1911 when state voters passed Proposition 4. This shows that Option C is wrong.
When Proposition 4 was passed it made California the 6th state in the Union to grant women the right to vote. Therefore, options A and B are wrong.
Option E is also wrong. This is because California became a state in 1850 and women were not given the right to vote until 1911.
All of this proves conclusively that Option D is the correct answer to this question.