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Kansas Equal Suffrage Association

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Oct 18, 2011

Take this off-year Election Day to revisit the history of the women's suffrage movement in Kansas. Suffrage in Kansas had many important supporters, including Stella Stubbs, the wife of Kansas Governor W. R. Stubbs (1909-1913) and Lucy Browne Johnston, the wife of the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court William Agnew Johnston (1903-1935). As these newspaper clippings illustrate, the activities in Kansas attracted the attention of national figures in the women's suffrage movement, like Susan B. Anthony.


 The official newspaper of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, founded in 1884, is available on Kansas Memory. To explore women's suffrage on the national level, visit Chronicling America for newspapers from across the country covering the climactic years of the women's suffrage movement. Women in Kansas were granted the right to vote in 1912, making Kansas the eighth state to do so, following Utah, Arizona and California, among others.

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