Author: Holliday, John
Title: Clara Colby: The International Suffragist
Publisher: Queensland, Australia: Tallai Books, 2019.
This self-published biography of Clara Bewick Colby (1846-1916) comes from the author's research into his ancestor's life as a missionary in China: Walter Medhurst. Medhurst's sister Clara was the grandmother of the U.S. suffragist Clara Colby with whom they had regular correspondence. She graduated in 1869 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa in the first class of women. Colby was a popular lecturer on human rights and in 1883 founded The Woman's Tribune, a leading women's suffrage newspaper. She established the Beatrice Public Library in Nebraska while working as the principal of the school district, and she led the founding of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association, serving as its president for 13 years. She was a powerful advocate for international peace, and she regularly lobbied legislatures in both the U.S. and Great Britain for women's rights.