PSA - Laura Clay Speech on Woman Suffrage at Kentucky Constitutional Convention, December 1890

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A Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project that was recorded at Lexington Community Radio on July 7, 2017, by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, University of Kentucky. This PSA focuses on an abridged version of a speech made by Kentucky suffragist Laura Clay on Friday, December 12, 1890, at the Kentucky Constitutional Convention in Frankfort. (See Clay's full speech transcribed here on WikiSource.) Clay spoke on behalf of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association in support of a discussion underway at the convention regarding woman suffrage. It was clear from earlier remarks by the constitutional delegates - especially those from Louisville - that a repeat of the Wyoming women's suffrage victory was not to happen in Kentucky with this new constitution. So, Clay was lobbying for the possibility of allowing the legislature to consider ways for local municipalities to offer partial suffrage: granting the right of women to vote in local school board elections.

See a list of other speeches by Laura Clay here.