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When Anna Howard Shaw was a young woman, she wore pants and short hair. She gave it up eventually because she got too many comments, but she couldn’t hide her ambition, and her certainty she could do better than a man. Turn-of-the-century thread. She…

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The founding of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 gathered two generations of prominent African-American women in the nation's capital: Josephine Ruffin and Mary Church Terrell; Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, now in her 70s; and…

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A sad story... Sarah Ingersoll Cooper made her mark on California as a leader of the 1896 suffrage referendum - a painful defeat. She had already influenced San Francisco by establishing free kindergartens & nursery schools for poor children, a…

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In 1896, 45% of the men in California voted to give women the ballot. It took 15 more years before enough men were persuaded - 51.7% of them, precisely. In 1911 California became only the sixth state to enfranchise women. #StateoftheWeek But wait,…

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Susan B toured Idaho in the 1880s - on horseback, people! - and western states crusader Abigail Scott Duniway was invited to the speak at the state's founding convention in 1889. Still, it took until 1896, 7 yrs after statehood, for ID to become 4th…

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In Utah, suffrage was politically entwined w/polygamy. Women 1st voted in 1870, when UT was a territory seeking to preserve plural marriage vs a hostile federal govt. Giving women the vote demonstrated their independence while enlisting them in…
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