Greetings everyone! Another week will soon draw to a close, and that means another update for all of you about what has been going on with the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project in the past few days. Research continues for now, primarily in more newspapers and the Kentucky Equal Rights Association minutes. I have found looking through the newspaper particularly enjoyable, as they have a great deal of variety and often contain fun quotes or images. A few papers in particular stood out to me, and I’m going to share some of those stories with all of you!
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She was born Eliza Calvert in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 11, 1856 and was known to all as “Lida.” Her mother, Margaret Younglove, was a native of Johnstown, New York and her father, Thomas Chalmers Calvert, was born in Giles County, Tennessee. Thomas was the son of a Presbyterian minister, Samuel Wilson Calvert, and his wife Eliza Caroline Hall Calvert. It was her grandmother’s name, Hall, that Lida would use as her pen name.
Ida Withers Harrison represents the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky at the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs Convention in May 1901 and presents a resolution that the Kentucky General Assembly amend the common school law to grant school suffrage to all Kentucky women. The school suffrage law in place pertains only to second class cities.