Kentucky Woman Suffrage
Name of Historic Site:
Van Meter Hall, administration building while Cherry was president
Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Annual contest awarding $10 prize for best equal rights essay written by a student at a Kentucky college or university
Western Kentucky University
Years of Importance:
With the urging of Lida Calvert Obenchain (wife of a mathematics professor at the predecessor to Western Kentucky University and a member of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association), President Henry Hardin Cherry of the Western Kentucky State Normal School took a stand to support the cause of Kentucky woman suffrage. In 1913 he agreed to participate in an annual contest that would award $10 for the best equal rights essay written by a student; and, later that summer he was one of several prominent local leaders who signed a petition to Congress. He also invited Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (then president of the KERA) to speak on suffrage at Western.