On November 14, 1896, the Women's Suffrage Movement in Wheeling was for the first time formally organized in the home of Dr. Harriet B. Jones as the Political Equality League. Dr. Jones was elected president, Miss Jennie B. Wilson, corresponding secretary, and Mrs. George K. Wheat treasurer. Among the Charter members were Mrs. Ada Barr, Mrs. W. T. Burt, Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Henry Ott, Miss Sue Rice, and Miss Lizzie Swift.
A 1916 Wheeling Intelligencer article: "Among the prominent suffragists who 'manned' the [suffragist] automobiles were: Mesdames George A. Laughlin, Robert Hazlett, Gibson Caldwell, W. D. McCoy, and E. S. Romine, and Misses Elizabeth Cummins, Mary Clifford, Ruth Mason, Gladys Dexter, Anne Cummins, and Florence Hoge. . ."
Instructors: Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson
Watch this class live, 6:30 pm EST, Thursday, September 10 on the People's University Youtube channel or on the People's University Facebook page. Log into your YouTube or Facebook account during the broadcast and interact with our instructor through the comments box. You could win a "Votes for Women" toiletry bag (see details below)!
Note: All attendees who ask a relevant question of our instructor toward the end of the program will be entered in a drawing to win a "Votes for Women" toiletry bag from RadicalTeaTowel.com. The art comes from a 1909 vintage poster advertising the ‘official’ suffragette paper, Votes for Women.
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