Carrie Chapman Catt

October 13, 2010 in 1920s-30s, Political history, Social history

In this research journal I decided to take a look at one woman named Carrie Catt. She was inspirational in helping women gain the right to vote. While doing research on the Kentucky League of Women Voters. I found her name.

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Carrie Chapman Catt was born in 1947 but fought for Women’s rights until she died in 1947. Carrie was a very educated woman who went to college for two years and graduated as the only women in a class of 18 graduates. She when she was younger asked her mother how come she did not put on a dress and go to the polls like her father. She was laughed at and mocked. From then on she was to be an advocate of women’s suffrage.  Not just white women but all women then was portrayed in her quote, “Everybody counts in applying democracy. And there will never be a true democracy until every responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, color or creed has his or her own inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government.” (1) Carrie was a close colleague of Susan B. Anthony. (2) She was chosen by Anthony as her successor to the National American Women Suffrage Association. She founded the League of Women Voters in 1920 upon the ratification of the 19th amendment. (3)

Carrie Chapman Catt through childhood experiences became an inspirational figure in gaining women the ability to vote. She had help from other women but together they achieved their ultimate goal in 1920, the right for women to vote.




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1 response to Carrie Chapman Catt

  1. She has a really inspiring story. I had never heard of her before, but I think it’s good that we can find pretty much unknown women of this time period who fought for others rights and learn more about them. She obviously led a very successful life when it comes to fighting for civil rights. And that’s amazing that she was Susan B. Anthony’s successor!

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