Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)

“To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.”

As a suffragist and peace activist, Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt helped secure the right to vote for American women. Director of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and founder of the League of Women Voters, Catt’s entire career was founded upon bringing women into politics, giving them a voice to be heard.

Born in 1859 in Wisconsin, Catt and her family relocated to Iowa where she became the only woman in her graduating class at Iowa State University. While her interest in the suffrage movement began in her teenage years, her involvement began in the late 1880s when she joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association. She also became involved with NAWSA and, with her outstanding oration skills, was soon sought after to give speeches nationwide and help organize local suffrage chapters. In 1900, she was elected president of NAWSA, taking the position of Susan B. Anthony. Catt worked in coordinating state suffrage campaigns for the 19th Amendment. After winning the vote, Catt founded the League of Women Voters in an effort to educate women on political issues.

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