PSA - Lucy Wilmot Smith, Lexington author and suffragist

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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 Lucy Wilmot Smith (1861-1889), a professor, author and Baptist missionary. Smith served as editor of the Women and Women’s Department in "Our Women and Children" and also contributed columns in other newspapers where she advocated for women’s suffrage and equality. The quotation in this PSA comes from an essay in Lawson Andrew Scruggs, Women of Distinction: Remarkable in Works and Invincible in Character (Raleigh, NC: L. A. Scruggs, 1893), p. 169.

"It is said by many that women do not want the ballot. We are not sure that the 15,000,000 women of voting age would say this, and if they did, majorities do not always establish the right of a thing. Our position is that women should have the ballot, not as a matter of expediency, but as a matter of pure justice." 

Find out more about Lucy Wilmot Smith in the KWSP Biosketch by Dr. Karen Cotton McDaniel here.