From 1915-1920, Ripon-born Carrie Catt led two million women in the National American Woman Suffrage Association to successfully lobby for passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Summit, WI native Belle La Follette was a leading suffragette who wrote a pioneering column in La Follette’s Weekly (later renamed The Progressive Magazine) advocating for women’s rights and suffrage, testified before the US Senate Committee on Woman’s Suffrage, and spoke throughout the country for women’s suffrage. Through her efforts, Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the woman suffrage amendment six days after the Senate passed the Susan B. Anthony constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote in 1919.
2019 is the 100th anniversary of many states, including Wisconsin, ratifying the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. In honor of this anniversary, author and Professor Dr. Bob Kann will share tales of La Follette, Catt, and other amazing stories of the courage, perseverance, and political savvy which enabled three generations of women over a seventy-two year period to successfully agitate to win the vote.
Next Event in the Series
The next event in the series will take place Tuesday, June 4. Check back soon for more information.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703
Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square
The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.