Kentucky Delegate Pin Badge for Mrs. Harrison G. Foster at NAWSA Jubilee Convention in St. Louis 1919

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Delegate badge and ribbon for Mrs. Harrison G. [Elizabeth Dunster Gibson] Foster, Kentucky delegate to the 50th National American Woman Suffrage Association convention held in St. Louis, Missouri (March 24-29, 1919). The image was taken by Van Meter Pettit, Mrs. Foster's descendent, who has the badge pin in his personal collection.

Mrs. Foster was one of twelve official Kentucky delegates to the NAWSA Convention in St. Louis in 1919. Mrs. Desha [Madeline McDowell] Breckinridge (Lexington), Miss Laura Clay (Lexington), Mrs. W.D. Drake, Mrs. Charles [Jessie Edith Riddell] Firth (Covington), Mrs. J.C. Flourney (Paducah), Mrs. Addison G. Foster, Mrs. Harrison G. [Elizabeth D. Gibson] Foster (Lexington), Mrs. Edward L. [Jessie Leigh] Hutchinson (Lexington), Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Edmond [Josephine Fowler] Post (Paducah), Mrs. George [Evelyn Shelby] Roberts (Marion), Miss Laura R. White (Ashland). See a photo of the opening day for the convention at Hotel Statler with all the delegates seated (image on Library of Congress website).

At the Jubilee convention, NAWSA President Carrie Chapman Catt formally proposed the formation of a national League of Women Voters -- anticipating the successful ratification of a Constitutional Amendment granting the vote to women. The League of Women Voters, which formed officially the following year, took on the role thereafter to educate women about their political responsibilities and keep alive the various aspects of poltitcal activism associated with their new voting rights.

See more about the proceedings in the NAWSA Jubilee Convention handbook online via Hathitrust:

National American Woman Suffrage Association. Convention (50th : 1919 : Saint Louis, Mo.): Handbook of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and proceedings of the Jubilee Convention, 1869-1919, held at St. Louis, Mo., March 24-29, 1919. Edited by Justina Leavitt Wilson. New York City : The Association, [1919]. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.rsleyk;view=1up;seq=7