Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Minnie Fisher Cunningham (1882-1964)

Minnie Fisher Cunningham was the first executive secretary of the League of Women Voters. She worked for the passage of the 19th Amendment and became one of the founding members of the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

Cunningham was integral in pushing the 19th Amendment into its passage, helping convince Senator Andrieus Aristieus Jones of New Mexico to introduce the amendment for a vote. She was also part of the team who met with President Woodrow Wilson to persuade him to openly show his support of the 19th Amendment. After the passage of the 19th Amendment, Cunningham became active in national and Texas state politics and in 1928 became the first woman in Texas to run for the United States Senate.

Cunningham became the executive secretary of the League of Women Voters and worked to pass the 1921 Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act designed to lower infant mortality rates. She campaigned for the act in individual states. She also worked for the passage of the 1922 Married Women’s Independent Citizenship Act. She directed the 1924 League of Women Voter’s Get Out The Vote Campaign and later stepped down from the LWV to join the Democratic National Committee as part of the Democratic Women’s Advisory Committee.

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