History of Kentucky Women's Suffrage: An Overview

KY Woman Suffrage

In 1838, Kentucky passed the first statewide woman suffrage law (since New Jersey revoked theirs with their new constitution in 1807) – allowing female heads of household to vote in elections deciding on taxes and local boards for the new county “common school” system. The law exempted the cities of Louisville, Lexington and Maysville since they had already adopted a system of public schools. Kentucky was crucial as a gateway to the South for women’s rights activists.

Mary Eleanor Tarrant Little, 1872-1917: Louisville Social Reformer and Suffragist

Mary Eleanor Tarrant was born in 1872 in Macon, Mississippi. Her father, Samuel Tarrant, was a civil war veteran and worked as a merchant (in what business is not recorded). Her mother, Eliza Watkins Selleck Tarrant, seems to have had no paying job when Eleanor was born. When the family moved to Louisville sometime in the 1880s, however, Eliza Tarrant kept a boarding house, and when she and her husband moved to Chicago around 1900, she pursued this occupation there.

Analysis of State Curriculum Standards and Inclusion of Women's History

Dear colleagues,

The National Women's History Museum has recently concluded an analysis of the U.S. state K-12 curriculum standards and their inclusion of women’s history. The report, Where are the Women? A Report on the Status of Women in the United States Social Studies Curriculum, can be found here:  https://www.womenshistory.org/social-studies-standards 

Here’s some bullet points summarizing what they learned:


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