On the eve of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, American women’s voting rights were literally a patchwork of half-measures. Suffrage maps used cross-hatching to indicate states where women could vote for president but not local offices, stripes for states where women could vote for local officials but not federal, stars for voting in primaries but not general elections, and on and on. The most common partial suffrage measure was “school suffrage”—women’s right to vote on local school matters. The National Woman Suffrage Publishing Co.
Bronze medallions, designed by Sallie Clay Lanham, great granddaughter of Mary Barr Clay, have been placed at the gravesites of twenty-five suffragists buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Initiated by Mary Ann Burch, the Frankfort Suffrage Women Cemetery Project has been brought to reality with support of modern Frankfort women advocates for women’s rights and equality.
Mary Reddig Cramer (1847-1915) of Lexington was a Vice President of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association from 1892 to 1913. She was also a member of the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky and the Kentucky chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She attended many of the conventions of the National American Woman Suffrage Association between 1893 and 1912. This image was supplied to H-Kentucky for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project by Walt Cramer, her great-grandson.
Bertha Par Simmons Whedbee (1876-1960) was Louisville's first African American woman police officer. She was active in many local causes, including the Phillis Wheatley YWCA, the Urban League, and the Red Cross Association.
Martha Virginia Webster (1862-1951), an educator and community activist in Louisville. Webster was elected National Grand Princess of the Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, a benevolent society formalized in 1878. After only one year working as the executive secretary of a newly built Phillis Wheatley YWCA, she was fired in 1924 by the white YWCA Board of Directors under protest from the black Committee of Management. Image snipped from page 104 of W.H.
Dr. Mary Fitzbutler Waring (c1869-1958) from Louisville, physician and educator in Chicago, editor of the National Women's Magazine, and president of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs. Image snipped from The History of the National Association of Colored Women’S Clubs, Inc.: A Legacy of Service. Edited by LaVonne Jackson Leslie. Xlibris Corp, 2012.
Ellen Lowe Bullock Taylor (circa 1874-1960) was an educator in the Louisville public schools, serving as a principal at Portland, Dunbar, Mary B. Talbert, City Summer School, and the Louisville Colored Normal School. Taylor also supported night schools and taught at Central Colored High Night School. A member of the National Association of Colored Women, she wrote the "First Year Book" for the state federation, which named her as honorary president. Image snipped from [Louisville] Courier Journal (June 9, 1953) with the following caption: "Kisses pour on Mrs. Ellen L.
Lavinia B. Elliot Sneed (circa 1867-1932) of Louisville, orator, singer and journalist. In 1909 she served as editor and compiler of the National Negro Business League Souvenir Program for Louisville, Ky.; and was the assistant photographer for Neighbors' Studio. Image snipped from "Official Souvenir Program of the National Negro Business League, Louisville, Ky. August 18, 19 and 20, 1909" p. 41. https://archive.org/details/OfficialSouvenirProgram/page/n39/mode/2up
A wedding photo of Virginia "Jennie" Lee Hazelrigg O'Rear (9 August 1963 - 20 November 1944) and her husband Edward Clay O'Rear - they married on November 29, 1882, in West Liberty. They moved to Frankfort in 1912, and in 1916 Jennie O'Rear led the Kentucky Equal Rights Association's Suffrage Plank Committee for the Republican Party. Image shared from family descendant Lee Barnard.