• Very interesting, these are the connections we have been looking for. Hopefully as our research continues we can find these connections to Midway and the Female Orphan School, as to help us write the history!

  • I too find it very disheartening/disturbing the message these people were sending to their children. This is the behavior that perpetuates hate even today.

  • Interesting to hear about Mrs. Yarbrough. I like the thought of how her position was key in getting the ball rolling for women’s struggle for equality, and how long it would have been if she wasn’t in place as dean!

  • Following Dr. L.L Pinkerton’s (the founder of the Kentucky Female Orphan School) lead, Lewis A. Piper became the president in 1945 until 1965. Piper was the key that opened the door for the Orphan School. In his first year as president, “he presented an administrative organizational chart to the board of trustees changing the academic […]

  • How is the Church today involved with the school as well as the community? Has there always been a network or togetherness between the three?

  • The House Un-American Activities Committee , or (HUAC) is defined by dictionary.com as “an investigative committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Originally created in 1938 to inquire into subversive activities in the U.S., it was reestablished in 1945 as the Committee on Un-American Activities, renamed in 1969 as the Committee on Internal Security, and abolished in 1975.” This […]

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  • When reading about activism in the 1940s and 50s, or history in general, I tend to focus on comprehension of facts almost in a cold un-sensitive way. I find myself looking at the big picture of what was going on at this time; and not truly immersing myself in the background and asking questions about […]

  • [caption id="attachment_4092" align="alignright" width="140"]Mary Elliott Flanery Mary Elliott Flanery[/caption]

    From the research one does on the topic of woman’s suffrage and women in the 20th century it is easy to spot a number of amazing figures.  For example, Emma Guy Cromwell and Mary Elliott Flanery — both women were firsts in holding public office.  Although it was an amazing stride for women, it is truly hard for us today to grasp what it took and what it was like to be there.

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"]Emma Guy Cromwell, Kentuckiana Digital Library Emma Guy Cromwell[/caption]

    Rebecca S. Hanly’s article, “Emma Guy Cromwell and Mary Elliott Flanery: Pioneers for Women in Kentucky Politics” gives us a little more insight to what being the first really meant. Hanly points out in the article, “Most people simply were not ready for women in public office. Even leaders of the woman’s suffrage movement were ambivalent about the issue.”  These thoughts make the feats of these women in my opinion even more impressive.

    This is the definition of a true pioneer. To be able to push through and persevere when even the people fighting on your side with you aren’t truly sure that the ultimate goal you are setting out for, is indeed the right thing.  In my life as I am sure in many others I have let others words change my thoughts and actions.

    In psychology there is a study where a person is put in a room with a group of people (the control) who will all raise their hand for the wrong answer on purpose to sway the lone individual.  Although the person knows his answer is right, because everyone is telling him otherwise he goes along with the pack in choosing the wrong answer.

    I feel that this goes along with what might have been going on in these two’s minds.  They knew what they were doing was right, but they had been told otherwise for so long and so repeatedly that it would have been easy to give up and believe that they indeed did not belong in politics.

    Resource: Rebecca S. Hanly, “Emma Guy Cromwell and Mary Elliott Flannery: Pioneers for Women in Kentucky Politics,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 99 (Summer 2001), 287‐301.

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