Partial Suffrage in Second-Class Cities

Since the Kentucky legislature of 1894 had passed a law conferring the right of partial suffrage to the women of second-class cities (i.e., Covington, Lexington and Newport), KERA worked with the cities’ governments to prepare for the school board elections for 1895. They also served as a “watch dog” agency to assure that they got the lists of qualified women voters, gave out information as to the qualifications for voting, the places of registration in order to vote, and then actually how to vote in November.

Anti-Suffragist Poem by Alice Smith Winston of Covington - "When Will Women Vote!" 1870

When Will Women Vote!
by Alice Smith Winston.

When, oh when, will women, gentle women vote?
When the birds cease sending sweet songs from their throat;
When the field-born lily learns to work and spin;
Then, hurrah for women! then, and not till then.
When the gold-bee homeward with but poison hies;
When the white-winged pigeon with the eagle flies;
When the lamb's soft bleating changes to a bark;
Then to woman's suffrage possibly we'll hark.

Mary Florence Taney, founder of Colonial Daughters of America, was a suffragist

Born in Newport, Kentucky to Peter and Catherine Alphonse Taney on May 15, 1861, Mary Florence Taney was educated at the Academy of the Immaculata. She grew up in the shadow of her famous ancestor, Supreme Court justice, Roger B. Taney.


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