Maud Wood Park

Maud Wood Park (1871-1955)

Born on January 25, 1871, Maud Wood Park became a renowned women’s rights activist and social reformer, campaigning for the passage of the 19th Amendment and active in organizations like the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association. She served as the first national president of the League of Women Voters from 1920 to 1924 and dedicated her life to advancing women’s place in American society.

Graduating from Radcliffe College in 1989, Park became involved in the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association and the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government. A powerful speaker, she and fellow activist Carrie Chapman Catt campaigned for the 19th Amendment. Following the ratification of the amendment, she continued her work in empowering women with the League of Women Voters, where she said that the League's purpose should be to "promote reforms in which women will naturally take an interest in a greater degree than men—protection for working women, children, public health questions, and the care of dependent and delinquent classes.” Park worked in forming the Women’s Joint Congressional Committee, helping to pass legislation that sought to protect pregnant women and gave married women independent citizenship.

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