The Kentucky Equal Rights Association together with the Fayette Equal Rights Association organized a program for the Lexington Chatauqua in the summer of 1903 at the Woodland Park in a tent labeled "The Woman's Council." At four o'clock each afternoon from June 30th through July 10th, they offered speakers, teas and receptions as well as "piles of good suffrage literature." The oil portrait of Laura Clay painted by Laura S. Bruce was featured in the special tent pavilion "which was artistically decorated with flags."
The series began with a reception for the Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, soon to become the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The Woman's Council daily program was listed in the 1903 KERA convention report by Mrs. Mary C. Roark, chair of the Woman's Council Committee:
- Child Labor, by Miss Eleanor Tarrant (head resident of the Neighborhood House in Louisville)
- The Old and New in Woman's Education, by Dr. Sophonisba Breckinridge, Chicago University
- A Perilous Limitation, by Miss Mary C. Brehm (a suffragist and prohibitionist from Illinois)
- A Better Citizenship, by Miss Laura Clay (Fayette Equal Rights Association) and Mrs. Frances E. Beauchamp (Women's Christian Temperance Union)
- The Trend in Education, by Mrs. L. W. St. Clair (president of Hamilton Female College in Lexington which in that year was merged with the male Transylvania University nearby)
- Domestic Science, by Mrs. Nellie Kedzie Jones (a nationally known professor of "domestic science" aka home economics, at that time teaching at Berea College)
- The Work of Woman's Clubs, by Mrs. Ida Cragg Chatterson (President of the Alumnae Club of Louisville - the largest woman's club in Kentucky and which had established a school of domestic science in Louisville)
- The Woman Who Toils, by Mrs. Ida W. Harrison (author and national vice-president of the Disciples of Christ Board of Missions) and Mrs. Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (leader of Lexington's Associated Charities and the Civic League)
Kentucky Equal Rights Association. "Minutes of the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association Held at Guild Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, Covington, Ky., November 11-12, 1903." Newport, KY: Davies Print, 1904. (Available online via the Kentucky Digital Library, http://eris.uky.edu/catalog/xt7jsx647g1g_19/viewer)
NOTE: This post is an addition to the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project's digital timeline. You can see the full timeline at https://networks.h-net.org/kentucky-woman-suffrage-timeline.