When Mary Elliott Flanery (D-Catlettsburg) of Boyd County took her seat in the lower house of the General Assembly in January 1922, she was the first female state legislator elected in Kentucky and the first female legislator elected south of the Mason–Dixon line. The 1921 state elections in the South were crucial in justifying the fight for women's right to participate in electoral politics. The elections in Boyd County (for the Kentucky House of Representatives District No.
Image of Mary Elliott Flanery, clipped from
The Adair County (Columbia, Ky.) News, 6 Dec. 1921. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069496/1921-12-06/ed-1/seq-7/>
The portrait includes a small paragraph underneath:
League Of Women Voters, U.S. Records. Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland--A. at extreme right is Miss Belle Sherwin, President, National League of Women Voters; B. is Judge Florence E. Allen holding the flag; C. is Mrs. Malcolm McBride. Cleveland Ohio, 1912. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/97500065/.
Northern Kentucky women were influential in both the Kentucky and national movements for women’s suffrage. In celebration of the National Women’s Vote Centennial join Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in restoring the names and actions of these brave women to the hallowed halls of history. The NKU 6@6 Lecture Series presents Dr. Paul A. Tenkottee in giving a half-hour Zoom lecture, followed by a half-hour of questions/interaction. The event is free and open to the public.
When considering the women’s suffrage movement, most Americans think of iconic national figures like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. However, the fight for the right to vote was by no means monolithic.
Laura Sutton Bruce, Last Will and Testament, Probate Place: Fayette, Kentucky; Written: October 21, 1903; Probate Date: June 27, 1904; County Court (Fayette County); Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989.
Will of Laura S. Bruce
This just in from Deirdre Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center; Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries:
Author: Randolph Hollingsworth
Title: "African American Women Voters in Lexington's School Suffrage Times, 1895-1902: Race Matters in the History of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Movement"
Publication: Ohio Valley History 20 (Spring 2020): 30-53.
Author: Ann Taylor Allen
Title: Woman Suffrage and Progressive Reform in Louisville, 1908-1920
Publication: Ohio Valley History 20 (Spring 2020): 54-78.
N.B. This issue is available for a short time online, free and open via The Filson Historical Society website: https://filsonhistorical.org/wp-content/uploads/OVH_SPRING_20_MUSE.pdf